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.
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. THE NUMBERS GAME
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...