Jay McClement added a first-period goal for the Maple Leafs, who
earned their first points since March 13 to move to within a point
of eighth-place Columbus in the race for the final Eastern
Conference wild-card spot. Jonathan Bernier turned aside 22 shots to
preserve the victory.
Matt Stajan and Kris Russell countered for the Flames, who have lost
back-to-back games. Karri Ramo made 20 saves in defeat.
Toronto broke open a tie game with two goals 3:31 apart in the
third. Bolland put the Maple Leafs ahead for good at 2:16 with a
shot that caromed off Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie and eluded
Ramo, while Clarkson made it 3-1 with a breakaway goal at 5:47 — his
first tally since Feb. 4.
Following a scoreless first period, McClement ended the stalemate
less than a minute into the second period by redirecting Cody
Franson's cross-crease feed past Ramo's right pad. Stajan drew the
Flames even at 16:55, gathering a T.J. Brodie pass before breaking
in alone and sliding the puck between Bernier's pads.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Russell made things interesting at 7:24 of the third — drawing the Flames to within one on a shot that beat Bernier from
the right faceoff circle — but the Flames couldn't convert the
equalizer. ... Stajan has three goals and five assists over his last
six games. ... Bernier preserved the win with a sensational
point-blank save on Curtis Glencross, who had a goal called back in
the first period due to a high stick.
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