ST. LOUIS (Ticker) — Captain Jarome Iginla scored two goals and
set up two others as the Calgary Flames snapped a three-game
losing streak with a 6-3 triumph over the St. Louis Blues on
Matthew Lombardi had a goal and two assists and Craig Conroy and
defenseman Cory Sarich each had a pair of assists for the
Flames, who have posted a 3-1-2 record over their last six
Michael Cammalleri, Daymond Langkow and blue-liner Adrian Aucoin
also scored and Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves for Calgary,
which has defeated the Blues five straight times – including
twice this season.
Kiprusoff is a major factor in the Flames’ success against the
Blues, posting a 13-3-1 career record against St. Louis.
“I’ve had a lot of streaks lately of two good followed by one
bad, and I know I can do better,” Kiprusoff said. “I don’t want
to think about it too much because then I’ll lose the next game.
I just try to do the same stuff every night, and tonight, it was
Rookie Patrik Berglund, Brad Boyes and David Backes netted a
goal apiece for St. Louis, which hasn’t beaten the Flames since
November 25, 2007.
Iginla notched both his goals in the first period, staking
Calgary a 2-0 edge into the intermission. He opened the scoring
at 4:14 by deflecting Sarich’s shot past Blues goaltender Chris
The 31-year-old struck again with 2:22 left, scoring on a wrist
shot from the right faceoff circle after Conroy won a battle for
the puck along the boards and delivered a pass to Iginla.
“He (Iginla) had a great game. He had a leadership game and you
expect that from your best players,” Calgary coach Mike Keenan
said. “He was engaged tonight, and it looked like that right
from the start. Of course, it’s good to know you’re going to
get that effort from a player more often than not – and more
often than most.”
The Blues were, once again, impressed by Iginla, who has 16
goals and 21 assists this season.
“He is one of the best guys in the league,” said St. Louis
defenseman Barret Jackman, who was on the ice for three of the
four goals involving Iginla. “He’s got a quick release, he’s
physical and he’s their leader.”
“I don’t think we really were ready to play in the first period.
They’re a hard-working team and, if you don’t match, they’re
going to walk all over you,” Mason said. “They set the tone in
the first, we battled back in the second, but made timely
mistakes, and we just couldn’t keep coming back all night.”
Lombardi added to lead at 6:51 of the middle session, but
Berglund scored 31 seconds later and Boyes netted a power-play
goal with 9:29 left to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Flames did not have to sweat for long as Iginla made a
perfect cross-ice pass to set up Cammalleri’s man-advantage goal
with 7:51 remaining in the second.
“Jarome Iginla, who may be the best forward in the game, made a
great play to Cammalleri,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “Chris
(Mason) honored the shot, which you have to when it’s Iginla,
and it improved the angle for Cammalleri.”
Iginla also set up a 2-on-1 rush for Lombardi, whose pass was
touched home by Aucoin at the right post to make it 5-2 with
1:59 left in the period.
For Iginla, who entered pointless in consecutive games for the
first time since the first two contests of the season, it was
his 799th career point.
“I didn’t know I was that close to 800,” Iginla said. “But, I
was thankful for the points. I needed to get going again. When
I get involved, it helps our team”
Mason turned aside 25 shots for the Blues, who have lost four
“We can’t get away from our system,” Mason said. “We have to
annoy teams and make it difficult to get opportunities. That’s
the only way we’re going to win games.”