Maple Leafs 3, Flames 2

Phil Kessel has five goals in his last two games. He has a

simple explanation.

”They’re just going in,” the Toronto forward said. ”I have

some great linemates and they gave me the puck and we’re just

clicking.”

On Saturday, Kessel had two goals and an assist and the Leafs

overcame an early two-goal deficit to extend their season-opening

winning streak to three games, beating the Calgary Flames 3-2.

Kessel set up Joffrey Lupul’s goal at 1:15 of the second, then

tied it at 2 with 3:22 left in the period. The former University of

Minnesota star added his fifth goal of the season at 41 seconds of

the third.

James Reimer made 30 saves for Toronto.

”To get off to this start, it’s huge for us,” Reimer said.

”Hopefully we can keep it rolling, stay confident and keep

improving in our game. And hopefully when it’s all said and done

we’ll have had a pretty good season.”

Curtis Glencross and Scott Hannan scored in the first period for

Calgary (1-3-0).

”We feel we made some mistakes and that’s a game that we were

in pretty good control of and should have found a way to win,”

Flames captain Jarome Iginla said.

The Flames took the lead at 4:18 on Glencross’ deflection.

Calgary doubled its advantage 1:22 later when Hannan jumped up on a

rush and fired a high knuckleball that eluded Reimer.

”He had no chance on those two goals,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson

said.

The Leafs started their comeback early in the second when 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 4 minutes for high-sticking

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 Calgary

rush. Carl Gunnarsson picked up the 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.

Bozak finished the night with two assists.

In the thitd, 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.

NOTES: Kiprusoff made 22 saves. … The crowd was announced at

19,410.