FORMER LEAFS MAKE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT
The Flames were able to open the game with two goals in the first six minutes thanks in large part to the play of a couple of ex-Leafs.Lee Stempniak
, who played 123 games with the Leafs, took a pass from Olli Jokinen
and skated behind the net. Once he made it to the side of the cage, he dished it over to Curtis Glencross
. The winger smacked it top shelf for his third goal of the year.
A 1:22 later, Niklas Hagman sent a pass over to Scott Hannan
and the rugged blueliner slapped a shot past Leafs netminder James Reimer. Since joining the Flames, Hagman has scored five points in three games against Toronto.KESSEL KILLS WIN STREAK AGAINST T.O.
Phil Kessel carried his team to their first win over the Flames since Mar. 14, 2009 with a three-point evening. The Flames had won the previous four games.
He assisted on Joffrey Lupul's tally in the second period, added the tying goal just over 15 minutes later and then beat Miikka Kiprusoff
41 seconds into the final frame.
BOOM BOOM RETURNS WITH A BANGAnton Babchuk
was relegated to the press box for two games but he showed no signs of rust in his return.
He picked up his first point of the season at 5:40 of the first period when he assisted on Hannan's first as a Flame. He sent two shots toward the net - just missing it by millimetres - and blocked two shots in his second game of the year. SECOND LINE SPLENDOR
The trio of Glencross, Jokinen and Stempniak have been a force to be reckoned with since the season started. They've provided their team with a plethora of scoring opportunities but haven't ignored their defensive responsibilities.
They were the most dominant offensive line for the Flames in Toronto, driving hard to the net and trying to get as many pucks on Reimer as they could. Their speed rendered the Leafs defence useless on more than one occasion and they didn't shirk away from physical play either.
Overall, the three combined for three points and nine shots on net. MAJOR PENALTY KILL
At 9:11 in the second period, Jokinen was handed a 4:00 high-sticking penalty and to make matters worse, Jarome Iginla
and Mike Komisarek had taken coincidental roughing minors 52 seconds prior to the call. The Flames were faced with a 4-on-3 penalty kill for 1:08 but handled the daunting task perfectly.
Given the Leafs were down by a single goal at the time, they were pressing hard to find the equalizer with the man advantage but the Flames answered with a simple, effective penalty kill. They boxed the Leafs out, used their sticks to cut off shooting lanes and played aggressively, taking away time and space from the power play units.