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Boyd scores two goals, Flames hang on for win over Maple Leafs

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CALGARY - Dustin Boyd's first career two-goal game led the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

After Toronto took the early lead on a goal from Alexei Ponikarovsky, Boyd tied it at 11:20 of the first period. While retreating, rookie Toronto defenceman Luke Schenn whiffed on a bouncing puck enabling Todd Bertuzzi to step around him, gather in the puck, and send a pass into the slot that Boyd one-timed past Vesa Toskala from 20 feet out.

Boyd then capped off his career night in the third period scoring what would turn out to be the game-winner. Making it 4-1 at 11:13, Boyd fired in a rebound from a scramble in front after Toskala had stopped Marc Giordano's slapshot.

That three-goal lead would turn out to be pivotal as third-period goals by Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan, with 54 seconds remaining, set up an exciting finish.

Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf also scored for Calgary (9-7-1). The Flames entered the night having lost four of their last five.

As the Maple Leafs (6-6-4) kicked off their first road trip through Western Canada since January 2006, they were greeted by the usual sizable and noisy contingent of jersey-wearing supporters, which noticeably infiltrated all sections of the 'sea of red' typically formed by the sell-out crowd of 19,289.

It took just 10 seconds for the "Go Leafs Go" chants to start, quickly drowned out by cheers of "Go Flames Go".

Toronto will play in Edmonton on Thursday night before wrapping up the trip in Vancouver.

With the scored tied 1-1 in the first period, Iginla's 10th goal of the season on a power play put the Flames in front at 12:46.

The play began with Iginla parked at the top of the goal crease screening Vesa Toskala. Toskala was able to fight through the screen to stop Phaneuf's slapshot from the blue-line, but the rebound bounced to his side and Iginla spotted it before the Leafs goaltender and was able to tap it into the empty net.

Phaneuf made it 3-1 scoring his third goal with just 32 seconds left in the second period.

This time, it was Iginla's time to be the playmaker sending a cross-ice pass to Phaneuf who one-timed a slapshot from 25 feet that caromed off defenceman Tomas Kaberle and past Toskala.

Both Iginla and Phaneuf were considered questionable for Tuesday's game at one point. Phaneuf had a badly swollen eye, while Iginla suffered from a case of the flu that swept through the Flames dressing room during its two road losses on the weekend at Columbus and Chicago.

After surrendering 12 goals in his past two starts, Kiprusoff rebounded with a strong effort making 29 saves to improve his record to 9-6-1.

Toronto struck first at 9:20 of the first period when Ponikarovsky scored on a power play. Just seconds after Kiprusoff had slid across the crease to deflect away a dangerous shot from Pavel Kubina, Ponikarovsky got the puck and beat Kiprusoff from a sharp angle.

Impressive rookie Mikhail Grabovski assisted on Ponikarovsky's goal, stretching his points streak to five games (six goals, three assists).

The final shot total was 32 apiece. Toronto had entered the night having outshot the opposition 11 games in a row and having generated 35 or more shots in nine of its last 10.

Notes: Calgary LW Mike Cammalleri (flu) did not play giving RW Andre Roy the chance to get back in the line-up after sitting out the past 12 games. The other new face in the line-up was D Adam Pardy. The Flames rookie, who appeared in just two of Calgary's first 16 games, took the spot of D Jim Vandermeer, who broke a bone in his ankle in Chicago on Sunday and will be sidelined 6-8 weeks... Cammalleri's absence forced a shuffling of lines with the most notable new trio being Dustin Boyd centring Curtis Glencross and Iginla... Calgary RW Rene Bourque played in his 200th game... Toronto LW Jason Blake was a healthy scratch with rugged LW Ryan Hollweg inserted in his spot.

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