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Inside the Game: No monster in Toronto

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames

TORONTO -- The Calgary Flames struck early and often to chase Jonas Gustavsson, aka, The Monster, from the Toronto net Saturday to finish off a road trip with a 5-2 win over the struggling Maple Leafs.

Dustin Boyd

Jarome Iginla and Eric Nystrom scored on the first two shots on the Leafs, just 16 second apart, to stake Calgary to a 2-0 lead before the game was two minutes old.

The Leafs got back in the game on a Francois Beuchemin goal before Dustin Boyd beat Leaf starter Jonas Gustavsson with a backhand to make it 3-1.

That was the end for Gustavsson, who allowed three goals on five shots before being pulled in favour of Vesa Toskala just 9:54 into the game.

The Leafs made it 3-2 when Matt Stajan scored on the power play in the second period. That prompted Flames coach Brent Sutter to call a time out to settle his team back into their game and not the wide open river hockey that was being played.

After a poor start, the Leafs battled hard and carried large portions of the play, particularly in the second period.

But Flames captain Jarome Iginla took the wind out of the Leafs sails with a third perod goal to make it 4-2. The rest of the way, Miikka Kiprusoff closed the door.

Jay Bouwmeester, on the power play, popped the insurance marker in the third period.


2 - First period fights. The Leafs, needing a spark, had Colton Orr take on Brian McGrattan in round one. In round two, which happened moments after the first bout, Brandon Prust went with Jamal Mayers. Decisions to Toronto in both fights.

3 - Straight games against the Leafs in which Flames captain Jarome Iginla has scored.

5 - Shots on goal and three goals for the Flames in the first period. Enough to chase highly-rated Jonas Gustavsson from the Leafs net.

7 - Goals for Jarome Iginla in the first six games of November after scoring twice against the Leafs.

9 -  Games between goals for third-liner Dustin Boyd who had a goal and an assist in the first period..

20 - Second period shots for the Leafs. The Flames countered with four.


Prior to this win, the Flames had not won in Toronto since Dec. 16, 2000...The Flames return home to host Colorado at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Tuesday...Leaf forward Wayne Primeau, a former Flame, did not dress for the game...In an odd fight Olli Jokinen took on Francois Beauchemin in a mismatch after Beauchemin levelled teammate Freeide Sjostrom with a great hit inside the Flames blueline in the third period...


A solid start with two goals in the first two minutes followed by solid goaltending and a timely goal by Jarome Iginla pushed the Flames to victory.


Jamal Mayers rocked Adam Pardy early in the second period just as the Flames defenceman was attempting to clear the puck from the Flames zone. On the play the puck cleared the glass and Pardy was penalized, leading the Leafs second power play goal of the game.


Some wondered about starting Miikka Kiprusoff in this game but he was very good in the first period. When the Flames got sloppy Alexei Ponikarovsky waltzed in only to be robbed by Kiprusoff, who slid across the goalmouth to make a point blank save and preserve the Flames lead.


Flames scratches were D Aaron Johnson, D Staffan Kronwall. F Curtis Glencross served the third game of a three-game suspension.


Miikka Kiprusoff - Game not winnable without his performance
Jarome Iginla - Two goals for Flames captain
Matt Stajan - Dangerous Leaf, scores first in 14 games


Author: Mike Board

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