I’m a bit surprised that Toronto still has fans that come out and vehemently support the team in visiting cities even though they haven’t won anything in, well, forever. The Leafs arrived, which was onerous enough but the pre-game attention was focused on the ex-teammates. On Calgary’s side Matt Stajan and Nik hagman. On Toronto’s side, Keith Aulie, Fred Sjostrom, and of course, Dion Phaneuf.
With all the hype the game sure offered up an exciting opening frame with Toronto scoring first, but only after a clanging cross bar shot by Bouwmeester.
Calgary responded minutes later when Ales Kotalik scored his first of the season. The Flames may have tied it, but from start to finish they literally dominated every facet of the game.
If it wasn’t for some incredible saves by Leafs netminder Giguere, Calgary would’ve been out in front 3-0 midway through. Tanguay put the Flames ahead finally solving Giguere. From there, it was two more unanswered goals in under 60 seconds.
Jokinen and Borque scored, and the whole second line accounted for 3 of the 5 goals.
A solid show for the Flames who trampled a disorganized Leafs squad. What we need to see is another win, however. Minnestoa back to back which eessentially means the season hangs in balance with those two games. If Calgary atkes both they are sitting pretty for Christmas. If not, who cares if they beat the Leafs, it won’t mean a thing.