Minnesota at Calgary

Iginla nets hat trick as Flames top Wild in Northwest matchup

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla is heating up just when the Calgary Flames need their captain the most.

Iginla notched his seventh NHL hat trick, and the Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in a key Northwest Division clash on Saturday night.

The Flames captain tied it 2-2 with 23 seconds left in the second period, put the Flames ahead 50 seconds into the third, and scored his 48th of the season at 6:47.

"It seems like everything that's touching Iggy's stick right now is going in, so I was trying to keep passing to him," said Alex Tanguay, who set up the go-ahead tally.

Minnesota got a pair of goals later in the period from defenseman Kim Johnsson but Matthew Lombardi's goal in-between proved to be the difference for the Flames.

Calgary moved within one point of the Wild, who lead the division.

"A high-scoring game like that is a little out of the ordinary, but at this time of year, any style of game, you have to win it," Iginla said. "These are playoff-style games. We want to keep rolling and feeding off of these games, they're big momentum boosts."

Iginla's third goal came when he wristed a rebound past goalie Josh Harding after Dion Phaneuf's shot from the blue line hit a crowd in front.

The game was delayed for a few minutes as the numerous hats that showered down onto the ice were collected. Shortly after the game resumed, the sold-out crowd broke into chants of "MVP, MVP" in salute to Iginla.

Phaneuf also scored for Calgary, 6-0-2 at home in its last eight.

Benoit Pouliot scored his first two NHL goals for Minnesota, which lost in regulation for the first time in eight games (3-1-4).

"All the teams keep on winning, it's pretty scary to watch, but if we keep winning there shouldn't be a problem," Pouliot said.

Iginla's first of the night came just 1:13 after Pouliot's second goal gave Minnesota its first lead of the game.

Wild coach Jacques Lemaire was unhappy with the amount of room Iginla had to operate most of the night.

"When he's around the net, he's dangerous, you have to check him," Lemaire said. "We let him go to the net alone, he gets a rebound, he puts it in. On another goal, he gets a rebound, he puts it in. The other time, he's right in front of the net and nobody makes an effort to go and check him. I guess they don't know that he's got 48 goals."

Pouliot had tied it 1-1 at 13:12 of the second. Breaking in on a 2-on-1 with Brian Rolston, Pouliot's attempted pass across deflected off the skate of defenseman Cory Sarich and squeaked between the pads of Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the second on a highlight-reel, short-handed effort by Phaneuf.

Picking up a loose puck deep in his own end, Phaneuf weaved his way up ice. As Phaneuf went around Brent Burns and moved toward the net, he moved with just his right hand on his stick. He managed to flip the puck over Josh Harding's pad before sliding into the end boards.

Kiprusoff made 29 saves for Calgary.

With Niklas Backstrom getting the night off, Harding made 26 stops in his first action in eight games.

Notes

  • Minnesota RW Mark Parrish was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
  • It was Phaneuf's first NHL short-handed goal.
  • Minnesota wrapped up the last of 15 back-to-back games with a record of 9-4-2 in the second game. They were 9-5-1 in the first.
  • After getting a season-low 6:03 of ice time Thursday against Colorado, Calgary LW Kristian Huselius played just 6:32.
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Matthew Lombardi also gets in on the act, scoring what proves to be the decisive goal. (AP)
Matthew Lombardi also gets in on the act, scoring what proves to be the decisive goal. (AP)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (40-27-9)0224
Calgary  (39-26-10) «0235
Three Stars
J. Iginla
CGY


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
D. Phaneuf
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
B. Pouliot
MIN


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
03:00Short - Dion Phaneuf (16), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
13:12Benoit Pouliot (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Pierre-Marc Bouchard
18:24Benoit Pouliot (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Nick Schultz
19:37Jarome Iginla (45), Backhand Shot. Assist: Dion Phaneuf, Jim Vandermeer
3RD PERIOD
50.0Jarome Iginla (46), Snap Shot. Assist: Alex Tanguay, Anders Eriksson
06:37Jarome Iginla (47), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dion Phaneuf, Anders Eriksson
10:07Kim Johnsson (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik
18:18Matthew Lombardi (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Stephane Yelle
19:05Kim Johnsson (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Marian Gaborik, James Sheppard
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:56Godard, 5 min, Fighting
04:56Boogaard, 5 min, Fighting
05:07Vandermeer, 5 min, Fighting
05:07Simon, 5 min, Fighting
05:56Rolston, 2 min, Hooking
14:14Godard, 2 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
02:21Primeau, 2 min, Hooking
04:52Johnsson, 2 min, Hooking
07:21Simon, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
10:43Fedoruk, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
13:46Burns, 2 min, Boarding
13:12Iginla, 2 min, Bench - Abuse of Officials
3RD PERIOD
04:01Sarich, 2 min, Interference
06:14Fedoruk, 5 min, Fighting
06:14Sarich, 5 min, Fighting
Shots On Goal
 123T
Minnesota10131033
Calgary10111031
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Josh Harding59:05265
Miikka Kiprusoff59:45294
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Minnesota0-for-0
Calgary0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Don Koharski, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Lyle Seitz
 
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