TORONTO (Ticker) — Mikhail Grabovski scored two goals and the
Toronto Maple Leafs beat Calgary, 8-6, on Saturday night,
spoiling Flames newcomer Olli Jokinen’s five-point game.
Jokinen, who was acquired from Phoenix at the trade deal, had
three goals and two assists. He has eight goals and two assists
in six games since the trade, but the Flames are just 2-4-0 in
Jeff Finger, Nikolai Kulemin, Jason Blake, Jeff Hamilton, John
Mitchell and Jamal Mayers also scored for Toronto in the Maple
Leafs’ highest-scoring game of the season.
Dion Phaneuf, Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla added goals for
Calgary in the final game of a seven-game road trip.
Kulemin’s goal at 1:19 of the third period put the Maple Leafs
ahead, 6-4, and prompted Flames coach Mike Keenan to send backup
Curtis McElhinney in for Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 16 saves on
22 shots. The Flames have allowed 27 goals in their last five
The Leafs raced out to a 3-0 lead with goals 2:25 apart in the
first period. Finger’s point shot ricocheted behind Kiprusoff at
8:09, Blake tipped one home at 10:08 and Grabovski scored his
first of the night by deftly sliding the puck in at 10:34.
Jokinen got Calgary on the board by slamming a rebound behind
Martin Gerber at 11:37, and Phaneuf wired a shot through a
screen at 17:28. Glencross made it 3-3 when his centering pass
went in off a Leafs player with 27.8 seconds left in the period.
Hamilton scored his first goal since signing with the Leafs last
week after a bouncing puck found its way onto his stick. He
knocked it in the open side at 7:05 of the second and pumped his
fist in celebration.
The eighth goal of the season for Mitchell put the Leafs ahead,
5-3. The big center stopped in the high slot and beat Kiprusoff
with a low shot.
Jokinen cut into that deficit with a highlight-reel goal at
18:15 of the second period. He flipped the puck over Leafs
defenseman Ian White before batting out of the air with his
backhand and into the goal.
The score was 5-4 heading into the third period before goals by
Kulemin and Mayers gave Toronto some breathing room.
However, Jokinen set Iginla up for a one-timer at 10:44 and
finished off his own hat trick at 17:41 with McElhinney pulled
for an extra attacker.
Grabovski scored an empty-netter at 19:01.