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Leafs lose first road game of the year

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Craig Conroy set up a pair of goals as the Calgary Flames returned home and recorded their third straight win, 4-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flames were on a power play and Conroy had the puck at the blue line as he waited for Jarome Iginla to skate into the Toronto zone. Conroy hit Iginla in stride and the right wing split a pair of defensemen before lifting a backhander over goaltender Curtis Joseph's stick for his fourth goal and a 1-0 lead 9:02 into the game.

Toronto, which had won eight of the previous 10 meetings, tied it on the power play 3:19 later as defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich fired a slapshot from the point by goalie Roman Turek for his first goal of the season.

The Flames went ahead 1:58 into the second period as Conroy crossed over the blue line and sent a pass to Dean McAmmond, who flipped a wrist shot past Joseph's glove side for his third goal.

Dave Lowry established a two-goal lead with 4:45 remaining in the second when he took a pass from rookie Jukka Hentunen on a 2-on-1 and snapped a quick shot by Joseph from the bottom of the left faceoff circle.

Jamie Wright became the 13th different Flame to score this season when he took a centering pass from Ron Petrovicky and beat Joseph to the stick side 77 seconds into the third period.

Recalled Friday from the American Hockey League, Wright almost scored again with about five minutes remaining, but Joseph made a glove save to thwart his breakaway. Wright got his own rebound but shot wide of an open net.

At 6-1-0-1, Calgary is off to its best start in eight years. The Flames did not pick up their sixth win last season until the 27th game on November 29.

Joseph made 19 saves for Toronto, which was trying to complete a perfect three-game western road trip.

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