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St. Louis at Calgary

Iginla becomes Flames' all-time scoring leader in rout of Blues

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames have a new franchise leader in goals.

Jarome Iginla scored his 365th, passing Theo Fleury atop the team's all-time list, in the Flames' 7-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

The Flames' captain one-timed a pass from Kristian Huselius and had the puck go in off the backside of Blues defenseman Eric Brewer and behind Manny Legace at 18:27 of the first period.

"It's a really good feeling," said Iginla, who also had two assists. "A nice one-time pass from 'Juice' and I got a break with it going off of their guy's backside and in. I'll take them all."

Iginla's 41st goal of the season gave Calgary a 3-1 lead and was greeted with chants of "Iggy! Iggy!" from the sellout crowd of 19,289 at Pengrowth Saddledome.

"I was definitely happy to get it at home and to get it in a win," Iginla said. "I have a lot of good memories here, my first goal was here in the playoffs (in 1996). Time flies."

The 30-year-old Iginla has spent all 11 of his NHL seasons with the Flames. He ranks third in points (743) and was already the franchise leader in games played (847).

"Getting a chance to play in Calgary as long as I have, to be a part of any of the team's records is a huge thrill," Iginla said. "I've been extremely fortunate and blessed and it's been so much fun and I want to keep going."

Alex Tanguay had two goals and Huselius, Matthew Lombardi, Marcus Nilson and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Flames.

Brad Boyes scored twice and David Backes added one for St. Louis, which is 1-8-1 in its last 10 games.

"It's frustrating, we had such a great start and we've been pretty much pissing it away in the last two months," said Legace, who was pulled after the first period having given up three goals on 11 shots.

He admitted he was stunned when goaltending coach Rick Walmsley told him he wasn't going out to start the second period and that Hannu Toivonen was taking over.

"It was shocking, three goals were deflected off my defensemen," Legace said. "You can't do much when it goes off your defensemen."

Toivonen didn't fare much better, giving up three goals on 18 shots.

Calgary now heads out on a four-game road trip as the leader in the Northwest Division. A 7-1-2 run has it one point up on Minnesota and two ahead of Colorado.

"We've got to stick with it," Lombardi said. "It's going to be a really tough schedule coming up but besides this road trip, we're playing mostly division teams so it's in our hands and we can control it, which is nice."

Clinging to a 3-2 lead against the Blues, Calgary scored a pivotal goal at 9:02 of the second period when Lombardi recorded his 11th of the season while short-handed. The speedy Flames' center broke in alone on Toivonen and neatly tucked the puck into the net with one hand as he cut across the crease.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves for the Flames to improve to 34-20-10. His most timely save came in the opening moments of the second period when he stopped Ryan Johnson on a short-handed breakaway after a turnover at the St. Louis blueline by Adrian Aucoin.

Boyes scored his first of the night shortly after to pull St. Louis to 3-2.

Calgary got off to an uncharacteristic fast start when Tanguay darted into the Blues zone and wristed a shot into the top corner to give the Flames the lead after just 21 seconds. Huselius made it 2-0 at 7:13 before Backes one-timed in Andy McDonald's pass for a power-play goal at 9:06.

Calgary's three-goal first period marked the first time since Dec. 13 the Flames scored that many in the opening period, and only the third time all season. Calgary blew the game open in the third period when Nilson and Langkow scored 65 seconds apart to increase the lead to 6-2.

Down 6-3, Blues coach Andy Murray pulled Toivonen for an extra skater with over five minutes remaining and St. Louis on a power play. However, the move backfired as Tanguay scored into the empty net for his second of the game.

Notes

  • Fleury, who lives in Calgary, was not in attendance at the game. However, the Flames showed a short prerecorded congratulatory message on the jumbotron that concluded with Fleury smiling and saying, "See you at 500."
  • Huselius' goal was his first in 21 games, and Lombardi scored for the first time in 20 games.
  • Blues C Keith Tkachuk missed the game due to a shoulder injury.
  • The seven goals were a season-high for the Flames.
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Captain Jarome Iginla (center) passes Theo Fleury to become the Flames' all-time leading scorer.  (AP)
Captain Jarome Iginla (center) passes Theo Fleury to become the Flames' all-time leading scorer. (AP)
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St. Louis (29-30-10)1113
Calgary  (36-23-10) «3137
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J. Iginla
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Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Lombardi
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Assist(s): 0
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Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
21.0Alex Tanguay (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Owen Nolan, Craig Conroy
07:13Kristian Huselius (22), Tip-In. Assist: Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf
09:06Power Play - David Backes (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Andy McDonald, Martin Rucinsky
18:27Power Play - Jarome Iginla (40), Slap Shot. Assist: Kristian Huselius, Dion Phaneuf
2ND PERIOD
06:38Brad Boyes (35), Wrist Shot. Assist: Barret Jackman, Paul Kariya
09:02Short - Matthew Lombardi (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Alex Tanguay, Cory Sarich
3RD PERIOD
06:51Marcus Nilson (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Eric Godard, Dustin Boyd
07:56Daymond Langkow (26), Slap Shot. Assist: Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf
11:47Brad Boyes (36), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cam Janssen
15:09Short - Alex Tanguay (16), Empty Net. Assist: Jim Vandermeer
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:09King, 2 min, Hooking
08:36Conroy, 2 min, Hooking
12:40Yelle, 2 min, High-Sticking
17:42Johnson, 2 min, Tripping
18:47Lombardi, 2 min, Boarding
2ND PERIOD
01:02Rucinsky, 2 min, Hooking
08:14Vandermeer, 2 min, High-Sticking
10:29Perron, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
14:54Kiprusoff, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
3RD PERIOD
09:35Janssen, 2 min, Roughing
13:23Aucoin, 2 min, Hooking
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 123T
St. Louis159832
Calgary1161330
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GoalieMINSSGA
Manny Legace19:5883
Hannu Toivonen39:36153
Miikka Kiprusoff59:57293
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
St. Louis1-for-2
Calgary1-for-2
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Referees - Gord Dwyer, Rob Shick
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Lonnie Cameron
 
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