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TORONTO -- Center Dave Bolland and right winger David Clarkson scored early in the third period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped an eight-game losing streak by holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Center Jay McClement also scored for the Maple Leafs (37-32-8).

Center Matt Stajan and defenseman Kris Russell scored for the Flames (31-38-7), who lost their second game in a row.

The Maple Leafs were battling to maintain their slim playoff chances after going 1-9-0 in their previous 10 games.

The Flames, who are eliminated from playoff contention, won six of their previous 10 games before Tuesday.

Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo made 19 saves, while Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 22 shots.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 lead at 2:16 of the third period on Bolland's eighth goal of the season. His shot toward the open side of the goal glanced off the post and was kicked in inadvertently in by Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie.

Clarkson scored his fifth goal of the season at 5:47, giving the Maple Leafs a two-goal lead. He was put into the clear on a pass from left winger Mason Raymond.

The Flames came back with Russell's sixth goal of the season at 7:24 of the third on a shot from the right faceoff circle.

The Maple Leafs scored the first goal of the game 50 seconds into the middle period. McClement scored his fourth goal of the season from the edge of the crease, converting a pass from defenseman Cody Franson. Right winger Phil Kessel had a chance to put the Leafs up by two goals about three minutes later, but he couldn't beat Ramo from close in.

Nearly seven minutes into the second period, the Flames had a goal called back because the puck was put in by a high stick. The Flames tied the game at 16:55 of the second on Stajan's 13th goal of the season after he was sent into the clear on a pass from Brodie. It was Stajan's third goal and eighth point in the past six games.

The Maple Leafs outshot the Flames 7-5 in a goalless first period. The Leafs had the only power play of the period but were ineffective. Kessel who already had a bruised foot, took two shots off his foot during the first period. After the second shot to the foot, he broke his stick in frustration when he reached the bench.

NOTES: LW Bryce Van Brabant became the 10th player this season to make his NHL debut with the Flames. He signed a two-year deal after finishing his season with Quinnipiac University, which was eliminated Friday from the NCAA Tournament. ... The Flames, who lost 6-3 to the Senators in Ottawa on Sunday and were officially eliminated from the playoffs, were playing the second of five consecutive road games Tuesday. Their next game is Thursday at Tampa Bay against the Lightning. ... Flames D Dennis Wideman (upper body), RW David Jones (upper body), D Ladislav Smid (upper body) and C Markus Granlund (shoulder) were out. ... Toronto is home to the Boston Bruins on Thursday and to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday before ending the regular season with three road games.
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