Iginla's short-handed goal at 16:23 of the second period was the game-winner Wednesday night as the Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 to move back into a tie for first place with idle Colorado.
Daymond Langkow broke down the wing, crossed the Kings blue-line and made a quick pivot eluding defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. He slipped the puck to Iginla, who one-timed a low 40-foot slapshot through the pads of Jason Labarbera.
"A timely goal by Jarome, especially to get it on a kill," said Flames forward Tony Amonte. "Those are the goals that usually win you big games."
It was Iginla's 32nd goal of the season but first shorthanded.
"That was a huge goal," said Kings center Craig Conroy, Iginla's linemate for three seasons while he was in Calgary. "We had our four guys back too but he doesn't need a ton of room. Langkow made a nice pass and he buried it."
Conroy's 20th goal of the season with 4:30 left in the game drew the Kings within one goal, but Miikka Kiprusoff shut the door the rest of the way finishing with 25 saves.
Jamie Lundmark also scored for Calgary (40-24-8). The Flames pull even with idle Colorado for top spot in the division but have one game in hand.
"We knew the emphasis we had to put on this game," Amonte said. "We slipped out of first in our division and we wanted to get back up there tonight. It was a big game for us, we put everything we had into it, and now we look forward to the next one."
That next game is against the Avalanche Friday night. Six of the Flames next eight games are on home ice where Calgary has been red-hot, going 5-1 in their last six.
Los Angeles (38-30-5) has lost six of its last eight and remain three points back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"The team really competed well but bottom line is we needed the two points," said Kings coach John Torchetti, whose record is 1-2 since taking over for Andy Murray.
One of the teams the Kings trail is the Edmonton Oilers, who they play on Thursday night.
"Were not happy with our effort tonight but you've got to get your head back up and win a game tomorrow night. We've got to be better," said Kings forward Mike Cammalleri.
In the first game back home after a disappointing 2-4-1 road trip, the Flames responded with a spirited first period.
Six minutes in, Chris Simon fired up the sell-out crowd of 19,289 landing several punches in a one-sided fight with George Parros.
Calgary opened the scoring at 7:35 when Chuck Kobasew and Amonte combined to get the puck to Lundmark in front who jammed in his own rebound.
"Darryl talked about it this morning and again this evening, lets try and get ourselves into this game early and not wait and see what they're going to do," said Amonte. "Let's try to take it to them, get on our forecheck, and be as physical as we can."
Late in the period, rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf caught Kings left-winger Jeff Cowan with his head down at the Calgary blue-line delivering a heavy body check that sent the former Flame crashing into the boards.
"Phaneuf really brought the physical part of the game tonight," said Amonte. "He banged around and had their forwards really picking their heads up as they were coming through the neutral zones and a couple big hits will do that."
Already down three forwards, Calgary got more bad news halfway through the second when Lundmark got a stick in the face from Kings defenseman Mike Weaver as he cut through the slot. Lundmark went down immediately clutching the area around his eye. He did not return.
Notes: Los Angeles C Jeremy Roenick was back in the line-up after missing just one game with a chip fracture on his right ankle. It was originally speculated that Roenick would be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. ... Los Angeles D Aaron Miller sat out with a sore back. ... Calgary D Rhett Warrener (knee) missed his 11th game. However, he's back skating with the club now.
|Jamie Lundmark (8) ASST: Tony Amonte (23), Chuck Kobasew (10)|
1 - 0 CGY
|SHG - Jarome Iginla (32) ASST: Daymond Langkow (28), Dion Phaneuf (27)|
2 - 0 CGY
|Craig Conroy (20) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (48), Joe Corvo (25)|
2 - 1 CGY
|Chris Simon Fighting against George Parros|
|George Parros Fighting against Chris Simon|
|Bryan Marchment Hooking against Sean Avery|
|Jeff Cowan Unsportsmanlike conduct against Dion Phaneuf|
|Bryan Marchment Interference against Jeff Cowan|
|Mike Cammalleri Hooking against Robyn Regehr|
|Stephane Yelle Elbowing against Alex Frolov|
|Stephane Yelle Interference - Goalkeeper against Jason LaBarbera|
|Tim Gleason Hooking against Chris Simon|
|Brent Sopel Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Jeff Cowan Interference - Goalkeeper against Miikka Kiprusoff|
|Chuck Kobasew Tripping against Craig Conroy|
|Chris Simon Roughing against Sean Avery|
|Sean Avery Roughing against Chris Simon|