Bernier, Leafs beat Flames 4-2
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames fired, but Jonathan Bernier wouldn’t bend.
Calgary fired a season-high 43 shots on Bernier but could only crack him twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Flames 4-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.
The Leafs used Bernier’s 41 saves and received goals from four different scorers -- Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk, Mason Raymond and Paul Ranger -- to hand Calgary its first regulation loss on home ice this season.
After Lupul and van Riemsdyk paced Toronto to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, Matt Stajan put the Flames on the board at 17:03 of the second. Stajan took a feed from Curtis Glencross and buried the puck over the shoulder of Bernier to cut the lead to 2-1. The goal came on Calgary’s 31st shot of the game.
But Raymond put Toronto up 3-1 in the second period, pushing a David Clarkson rebound behind Karri Ramo just 5:59 into the third.
David Jones replied with his third of the season at 14:39, but Ranger iced the game for Toronto, sailing the puck into an empty net with Ramo on the bench in favour of the extra attacker at 18:38.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Just seven seconds after Shane O’Brien dropped the gloves with Carter Ashton in response to Ashton’s hit on Derek Smith, Stajan found the back of the net for his first goal of the season, taking a feed from Glencross and burying it behind Bernier at 17:03 of the second period.
SAVE OF THE GAME
After stickhandling around a Flames defender, Phil Kessel tried to beat Ramo between the legs but was denied by the Flames goaltender, temporarily keeping the score 1-0.
After a turnover in the neutral zone, Clarkson was denied by Ramo, but Raymond was on the doorstep to deposit the rebound at 5:59 of the third period.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
"I hope that the hockey gods remember tonight for us and they pay us back somewhere."
STAT OF THE GAME
Going toe-to-toe with Frazer McLaren in the first period, Brian McGrattan recorded his first fighting major of the season.
Mikael Backlund was a healthy scratch for the Flames. Mark Giordano (lower-body), Lee Stempniak (lower-body) and Christopher Breen (abdominal wall strain) missed the game due to injury.
Calgary returns to action on Friday as they play host to the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).