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Grabovski helps Maple Leafs outslug Flames

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

those games.

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.


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