CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — Dustin Boyd recorded his first
multi-goal game of his career by tallying twice on Tuesday as
the Calgary Flames posted a 4-3 triumph over the Toronto Maple
Defenseman Dion Phaneuf had a goal and two assists and captain
Jarome Iginla scored a goal and set up another for Calgary,
which improved to 2-4-0 in its last six games.
Blue-liner Mark Giordano notched two assists and Miikka
Kiprusoff finished with 29 saves for the Flames.
“The difference was we played a full 60 minutes,” Phaneuf said.
“We knew we were playing a very good team that works extremely
hard – with good goaltending. It was a big effort from our team
and a big win for our hockey club.”
“We just want to get better,” Calgary coach Mike Keenan said.
“We had a little bit of a dip. We had a lot more energy tonight
and a lot more sustained play, shift after shift, period after
Matt Stajan recorded a goal and an assist and Alexei
Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov also tallied for the Maple Leafs.
Vesa Toskala turned aside 28 shots for Toronto, which fell to
1-3-1 in its last five.
“It’s awfully tough when your defensemen are backing into you or
screening you, not blocking the shots or controlling the shots,”
Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “We were just slow in our zone
responding to loose pucks or always arriving second to it.
You’re not going to win many games when you get beat to loose
After Ponikarovsky opened the scoring 9:20 into the first
period, Boyd leveled the contests exactly two minutes later by
accepting a feed from Todd Bertuzzi and beating Toskala for his
fifth goal and second in as many games.
“I think it’s just a matter of time. Confidence-wise, I think
it’s a matter of getting minutes,” Boyd said.
“He’s playing great and skating well, and quick shots,” Iginla
said of Boyd. “He’s always been a producer at every level, and
you can just see his confidence coming and coming.”
Iginla continued his torrid play against the Maple Leafs by
scoring just 86 seconds later after cleaning up a rebound to
give the Flames a 2-1 lead.
The 31-year-old Iginla then set up Phaneuf with 28 seconds
remaining in the second period to give Calgary a two-goal bulge.
The tally was Phaneuf’s first since he had a goal and an assist
in a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on October 30.
For his part, Iginla has eight goals and eight assists in 17
career home games against the Maple Leafs.
Boyd gave the Flames a three-goal advantage with 8:47 remaining
in the third period, notching his fifth goal in his last eight
games. He had seven goals in 48 games last season.
“They outplayed us in the second period,” Stajan said. “That
fourth goal kind of killed us, but Vesa gave us a chance to get
back in it. We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes in this league
to win hockey games and we didn’t do that tonight. There’s no
excuses. We’ve just got to play better.”
Antropov countered with just over five minutes to play, and
Stajan scored off a direct shot off a faceoff that handcuffed
Kiprusoff with 54 seconds remaining.