Boyd not kidding around

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Full of faces many hockey fans wouldn't recognize, the hustling Toronto Maple Leafs have been making names for themselves.

Last night, they were bested 4-3 by the Calgary Flames, led by a 22-year-old kid who's doing his best to make a name for himself in what will likely be his first full season in the NHL.

Dustin Boyd scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season to help the Flames snap a two-game funk.

Even when he didn't make a dent on the scoresheet, he had an impact.

A factor in every one of his team's goals, Boyd also did a little heavy hitting. He put the body on Leafs winger Nikolai Kulemin, knocking his own helmet flying.

"A little old-school hockey," Boyd joked afterward. "The guys were making fun of me. Someone yelled 'nice hair.' "

Can't fault the 6-foot, 187-pounder with the tight blond curls for trying. It earned him his first multi-goal game in the NHL, and put him on pace for more than 30 goals this year.

His Flames were down a goal before the midway mark of the first period but, going hard to the net, Boyd wristed one off Vesa Toskala's mask and in to tie things up a couple of minutes later.

Boyd wasn't on the ice for the goal that came less than two minutes later to give the Flames the lead, but he drew the penalty that led to Jarome Iginla's powerplay goal.

There he was, parked right in front of Toskala with 28 seconds to go in the second period, too, when defenceman Dion Phaneuf gave the Flames a two-goal lead to seemingly take control of the game at 3-1.

For a little more insurance, Boyd whacked in the team's fourth score.

That one turned out to be the winner.

Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan -- who didn't actually touch the puck when Craig Conroy won a faceoff that was tipped past Miikka Kiprusoff by Phaneuf -- scored late goals to make it close.

Boyd didn't think his second would turn out to be that important, aside from becoming his own personal milestone.

"No, I didn't, for sure," said Boyd, who was driving to the net when he caught up to a rebound.

"It feels good. I've had back-to-back games where I've scored a goal, but it was nice. Most importantly, we won."

Yes, the win was just the Flames' second in their last six games, following an ugly road trip that saw them drop two in a row by a combined score of 9-2.

"It was tough on the road and we didn't play well," said Boyd. "We knew we had to play better tonight. As a team, we were definitely well-rounded."

Michael Cammalleri sat out because of an illness, which led to the extreme mixing and matching of starting lines.

But they worked, so head coach Mike Keenan stuck with them all night.

None looked better than the trio of Boyd, Iginla, and Curtis Glencross.

Lacking energy in their two losses on the road on the weekend, Boyd provided some jump alongside his flu-ridden captain.

"What a great game. He's having a great year for us," said Iginla. "Tonight, he had lots of chances, very big goals. He's playing with a lot of confidence and (it's) a lot of fun playing with him.

"I think the team's showing a lot more confidence in him, and he's playing with a lot more confidence."


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