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Leafs Can't Contain Flames

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

December 16, 2010
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, AB
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It was tied 1-1 after the first period thanks to some great saves from J.S. Giguere. The Leafs looked like they would be able to escape the second but that wasn't the case.

The Flames scored three goals in 57 seconds to put the game away. Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen (on the power play) and Rene Bourque scored for the Flames. The Leafs have now lost six straight games in Calgary. Their last win there was December 27, 2002.

6 Straight losses for the Leafs in Calgary.
4 Leafs who have scored 10 goals this season.
11 Shots directed towards the net by Dion Phaneuf.
3 Penalties for Mikhail Grabovski on the night.
19 Shots on net for the Leafs, second fewest this season.
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Niklas Hagman
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Coming into the game, the Flames had been struggling to get offence. Olli Jokinen had just four goals on the season. Against the Leafs, Jokinen was the best Flame.

In his career he has played well against the Leafs. On Thursday he had a goal and two assists, two hits, was a plus one and he won 67 per cent on the face-offs. Jokinen's power-play goal in the second turned out to be the game winner. The three points that he recorded were a season-high.

Like it has been on many occasions this season, Mikhail Grabovski was one of the few Maple Leafs that was ready at the drop of the puck.

Grabovski scored his 10th goal of the season on a rocket in third period. It was his fifth goal in his last six games. He had several chances including a shorthanded breakaway opportunity in the first period. He was on the ice for both Leafs' goals as he and linemate Nikolai Kulemin were a plus two.

The last two games have seen the Leafs struggle out of the gate in the first period. In the win over Edmonton and the loss to Calgary, J.S. Giguere was spectacular in the opening 20 minutes.

While Giguere allowed four of the five goals against the Flames, over the last two first periods he has stopped 19 of 21 shots. His early play on Thursday gave the Leafs some hope of being able to turn the tide but they never were able to as the Flames outshot them 33-19.

Ron Wilson on the play of Dion Phaneuf given all that he's gone through over the past few days:
"Again, if was a very tough week for him, emotionally more than anything. Coming back to Alberta is hard enough but with his grandmother passing that's not a good week at all. So I thought he did fine under the circumstances."

Saturday, December 18 @ Vancouver 
  7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs' three-game road trip comes to a close against the red-hot Vancouver Canucks who have won two straight and five of their past seven games.

Vancouver has 38 points which puts them in a tie for second in the West. This is the final meeting this season as the Canucks defeated the Leafs 5-3 back in November.

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