Boyd helps Flames withstand Leafs
The Calgary Flames built a comfortable three-goal lead in the third period, and then had to hold off a late charge by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the dying seconds.
Centre Dustin Boyd scored a pair of goals to help the Calgary Flames snap a two-game losing streak following a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Boyd scored the game winner in the third period and goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves.
"It's just a matter of confidence," said Boyd. "When you're playing with confidence, you just go with the flow and good things happen. Tonight, I was lucky enough to play with Jarome and it was a good night. We created a lot of chances and moved the puck around well and we were strong defensively."
Jarome Iginla scored his team-leading 10th goal and chipped in with another assist. Calgary's captain has now notched eight tallies in 17 career home games versus the Maple Leafs.
Dion Phaneuf, still recovering from an eye injury, showed his toughness with a goal and two helpers.
The Flames defenceman suffered the injury Sunday night when Chicago's Martin Havlat clipped him with his stick in the first period.
Phaneuf's eye was nearly shut Monday, but the treatment he received helped significantly reduce the swelling.
The Flames (9-7-1) defeated Toronto for the fourth straight time on home ice.
"Too many turnovers early in the game gave them the momentum," said Toronto defenceman Ian White. "We started off really well and had them hemmed in and we had a bunch of chances but we ended up getting a little fancy and it turned on us."
The Leafs (6-6-4), who were coming off a victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, continue to struggle after losing five of their last six games.
Toronto began the game strong, with Alexei Ponikarovksy, Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan scoring. Goaltender Vesa Toskala finished with 28 saves.
The Leafs took a short-lived advantage on the power play at 9:20 of the first period. Ponikarovksy blasted a Mikhail Grabovski pass off the left arm of Kiprusoff and into the Calgary net.
The Flames rallied with two goals in 1:26 to take a 2-1 edge. Calgary tied the game at 11:20 after Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn misplayed the puck in his own end. Todd Bertuzzi picked up the puck around Schenn, slid a pass to Boyd, who beat Toskala with a quick shot.
Iginla then put the Flames ahead by a goal on the power play when he skated behind the Leaf defence and converted the rebound behind Toskala.
The Flames increased their margin by two with only 28 seconds remaining on Phaneuf's third goal of the season. With Calgary applying heavy pressure, Pheneuf's rocket hit Tomas Kaberle's left leg before banking off the short side post.
"In the second, we couldn't get out of their zone, we had long shifts and we started to get a little tired and had no legs and we came up a little short at the end of the game," said Kaberle. "We have to make sure, when we get the lead to play a little bit better defensively and play in their zone instead of our zone."
Boyd netted his second goal of the game at 11:13 of the third, swiping a rebound by Toskala following a Calgary faceoff win. The goal appeared to be more than what the Flames needed, but Toronto wouldn't go down easy.
After Antropov drew the Leafs within two 3:40 later, Toronto scored again in the final minute in an unusual manner.
While Stajan was credited with the goal, Calgary centre Craig Conroy actually won the faceoff, but the puck rolled between the legs of Kiprusoff with 54 seconds left.
The Leafs couldn't get the equalizer.
"They're a young team, they battled and kept pushing us right to the end," said Iginla.
Toronto continues a three-game road swing through Western Canada against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, while Calgary travels to San Jose to take on the Sharks.
With files from the Canadian Press