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Bernier, van Riemsdyk lead Maple Leafs past Flames

TORONTO (AP) — Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots, James van Riemsdyk scored the winning goal early in the second period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 Tuesday night.

Peter Holland scored midway through the first period and Phil Kessel and Mike Santorelli had empty-net goals in the final minute of the game for the Maple Leafs.

Markus Granlund got the Flames on the scoreboard with a power-play goal early in the third to make it 2-1. Jonas Hiller had 25 saves as Calgary lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

Toronto, coming off a 3-2 loss to San Jose that snapped a four-game winning streak, finished its homestand 4-1 and improved to 6-1-1 following consecutive lopsided losses to Buffalo and Nashville.

Toronto, which was outshot 33-29, got a sharp outing from Bernier in his ninth straight start and 11th in 12 games. Bernier, who made 44 saves in Saturday’s win over Vancouver, came into the game with a 3-1-0 career mark against Calgary with a 1.75 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.

Hiller, who had lost all four previous starts against the Leafs, was playing for the Flames goal after five consecutive starts by Karri Ramo.

A goal-saving stop by Bernier on Johnny Gaudreau in close midway through the first period turned into a goal at the other end when, on the ensuing rush, Joffrey Lupul beat a defender down the boards and sent the puck over to the net. David Clarkson’s rebound went to Holland, who stuffed it in at 10:46 for his seventh of the season and second in two games.

The Leafs made it 2-0 on the power play at 2:51 of the second, after a heads-up play by Nazem Kadri. Rather than shooting himself from the face-off dot, the Toronto center slid a perfect pass over to van Riemsdyk, who redirected the puck past Hiller from in front for his 11th of the season.

Kessel showed great skill early in the third, knocking down a high pass from behind him and then flicking it to linemate Tyler Bozak whose shot was stopped by Hiller. The Swiss goalie then stopped Clarkson on a rush.

A penalty for too many men on the ice then cost the Leafs as Granlund beat his man and tucked a fine pass from Mark Giordano past Bernier to cut the lead to 2-1 at 3:48. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Flames forward Mason Raymond returned to face his former team after an 18-game absence due to a shoulder injury. Matt Stajan, another former Leafs player, appeared in his second game after missing 16 with a knee injury.

NOTES: The Flames sent F Sven Baertschi to Adirondack of the AHL to make room for Raymond. … The Flames started a four-game road trip that will see them play Thursday in Buffalo, before stops in Pittsburgh and Chicago. … Toronto visits Detroit on Wednesday before hosting the Wings on Saturday to kick off three more games at home.

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