Maple Leafs trio looks for more sparks against Flames

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Toronto (6-5-4) at Calgary (8-7-1), 9:30 pm EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have

transformed into one of the most exciting teams in the league,

and their top line is a major reason why.

Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman and Nikolai Kulemin hope to

continue their recent success when the Maple Leafs visit the

struggling Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Grabovski has six goals and two assists in the last four games,

teaming with Hagman and Kulemin to form one of the most

offensively charged lines in all of hockey. Grabovski's surge

has come as quite a surprise to Toronto since he had only one

goal in his first 11 games this season.

The Maple Leafs have scored 27 times over the last six games and

their prowess was evident again in their 6-3 victory over the

Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Their final home game before beginning this three-game road

trip, the Leafs received plenty of support from their trio.

Grabovski had a goal, Hagman had two and Kumelin added an assist

as they snapped a three-game skid.

Toronto has outshot its opponents in 11 consecutive games and

has at least 35 shots in eight of its last nine.

But while its offense is clicking on all cylinders, a defensive

cog was lost in the win over the Canadiens. Montreal right wing

Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended three games for a hit from

behind on Toronto defenseman Mike Van Ryn, who is expected to

miss a month after suffering a concussion, broken nose and

broken hand.

Meanwhile, Calgary has dropped two straight and four of its last

five because of several defensive lapses. Goaltender Miikka

Kiprusoff has surrendered six goals in each of his last two

contests, and the Flames have yielded at least three goals in

their last five.

The Flames return home after falling 6-1 against the Chicago

Blackhawks on Sunday - one night after falling, 3-1, to the

Columbus Blue Jackets.

Leading the team with nine goals, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla

has seven goals and seven assists in 16 career home games

against the Leafs.



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