- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

TORONTO (AP) - Mikhail Grabovski scored two goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Calgary 8-6 on Saturday night, spoiling Flames newcomer Olli Jokinen’s five-point game.

Jokinen, acquired from Phoenix at the trade deal, had three goals and two assists. He has eight goals and two assists in six games since the trade, but the Flames are just 2-4-0 in those games.

Jeff Finger, Nikolai Kulemin, Jason Blake, Jeff Hamilton, John Mitchell and Jamal Mayers also scored for Toronto in the Maple Leafs’ highest-scoring game of the season.

Dion Phaneuf, Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla added goals for Calgary in the final game of a seven-game road trip.

Kulemin’s goal at 1:19 of the third period put the Maple Leafs ahead 6-4 and prompted Flames coach Mike Keenan to send backup Curtis McElhinney in for Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 16 saves on 22 shots. The Flames have allowed 27 goals in their last five games.

The Leafs raced out to a 3-0 lead with goals 2:25 apart in the first period. Finger’s point shot ricocheted behind Kiprusoff at 8:09, Blake tipped one home at 10:08 and Grabovski scored his first of the night by deftly sliding the puck in at 10:34.

Jokinen got Calgary on the board by slamming a rebound behind Martin Gerber at 11:37, and Phaneuf wired a shot through a screen at 17:28. Glencross made it 3-3 when his centering pass went in off a Leafs player with 27.8 seconds left in the period.

Hamilton scored his first goal since signing with the Leafs last week after a bouncing puck found its way onto his stick. He knocked it in the open side at 7:05 of the second and pumped his fist in celebration.

The eighth goal of the season for Mitchell put the Leafs ahead 5-3. The big center stopped in the high slot and beat Kiprusoff with a low shot.

Jokinen cut into that deficit with a highlight-reel goal at 18:15 of the second period. He flipped the puck over Leafs defenseman Ian White before batting out of the air with his backhand and into the goal.

The score was 5-4 heading into the third period before goals by Kulemin and Mayers gave Toronto some breathing room.

However, Jokinen set Iginla up for a one-timer at 10:44 and finished off his own hat trick at 17:41 with McElhinney pulled for an extra attacker.

Grabovski scored an empty-netter at 19:01.

Notes:@ Kiprusoff earned his third assist of the season … Alexei Ponikarovsky picked up his 200th NHL point with an assist on Finger’s goal … The Leafs signed forward Chris DiDomenico to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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