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Kessel's Two Goals Lead Leafs In Win

Saturday, 15.10.2011 / 10:40 PM / News
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Kessel\'s Two Goals Lead Leafs In Win
TORONTO -- Phil Kessel led the way with two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs stayed perfect on the season with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre.

Kessel also assisted on Joffrey Lupul's second-period goal as Toronto (3-0-0) rallied back from a 2-0 deficit. James Reimer made 30 saves in net for the Leafs.

Curtis Glencross and Scott Hannan each scored for the Flames (1-3-0) in the first period. It was Glencross' third goal of the season.

Despite Leafs pressure early, the Flames took the lead at 4:18 when Lee Stempniak circled the net and threw the puck at the goal where Glencross redirected it past Reimer.

Calgary doubled its advantage just one minute 22 seconds later as defenceman Scott Hannan jumped up on a rush and fired a high knuckleball shot that eluded Reimer. The Toronto goalie didn't look as though he even saw the puck through the traffic in front.

The Flames gifted the Leafs a chance to get right back with two penalties a minute and a half apart. But even with the two-man advantage for 30 seconds, Calgary kept them out.

The Leafs started their comeback just over a minute into the second as Kessel found a streaking Lupul whose shot got by Miikka Kiprusoff's left side.

The Leafs were given an opportunity to tie the game when Olli Jokinen was sent to the box for four minutes for a high-sticking call on defenceman John-Michael Liles. Toronto's power play, however, couldn't muster much on a night both sides went scoreless with the man advantage.

Kessel's equalizer came after Tyler Bozak broke up a Flames rush, Carl Gunnarsson picked up a loose puck and fed a long pass to the winger on the right side. Kessel then cut in on goal and went high to score his fourth of the season. Bozak finished the night with two assists.

The Leafs got the lead 41 seconds into the third as Kessel threw a pass across the face of the goal that hit a skate and Kiprusoff couldn't get across the prevent the puck from going in.

There was no signal from the referee about a goal, but the horn sounded and after a brief review the goal stood.

Reimer preserved the win for the leafs with six minutes left, making a handful of close range saves, including one off Nik Hagman as Calgary pressed late for the equalizer that never came.

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