Iginla scored two goals and the Flames held off the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round Western Conference series.
"Everybody in our room, me included, was pumped for this game and knew the importance," said Iginla, who also scored twice in the overtime loss in Game 4 on Thursday night.
Flames forward Matthew Lombardi says it was the kind of game they've come to expect from their captain.
"Again tonight he shows us the way and has another huge game for us," Lombardi said. "As a team we feed off him real well and the energy he brings. He's such a good leader."
Calgary won a fifth straight Game 5 in which the series was tied 2-2. The Flames split the first four games in each of their four playoff series in 2004, and won the fifth game each time.
Tony Amonte opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 5:49 of the first period, and Iginla made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 3:42 left in the period.
Daymond Langkow worked the puck back to Andrew Ference at the blue-line whose slapshot deflected off Iginla, then caromed off the skate of Ducks defenseman Joe DiPenta and past goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
"He's throwing the team on his back and kind of carrying the flag for us," Ference said of Iginla.
Iginla added his fifth goal of the series at 1:03 of the second period when he fended off Scott Niedermayer and redirected Langkow's centering pass behind Giguere.
"That was a goal scorer's goal, a one-time deflection," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's a dynamic player and you can't allow that time and space to him for those things to happen."
Anaheim's Andy McDonald spoiled Miikka Kiprusoff's bid for his sixth career playoff shutout, scoring a power-play goal at 8:19 of the third. Kiprusoff, who had five shutouts two years ago when he helped the Flames reach the Stanley Cup finals, poke-checked the puck into McDonald's skates and it deflected over the goalie and into the net.
The Mighty Ducks, coming off a 3-2 overtime victory at home Thursday night, pulled within one on Rob Niedermayer's power-play goal with 33 seconds left.
Kiprusoff finished with 26 saves.
Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots he faced after replacing starter Giguere early in the second period. Giguere allowed three goals on eight shots.
"This is just a bump in the road," Giguere said. "In the playoffs you go through all kinds of emotions, all kinds of scenarios. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're bad, but at the end of the day, they're all good experiences and you'll learn from them and make you better."
On Amonte's opening goal, Lombardi took the puck inside his own blue line and raced up the ice on a 1-on-2 against rookies Francois Beauchemin and Ryan Getzlaf. After crossing the Anaheim blue line, Lombardi cut to his right and went wide on Getzlaf. As Beauchemin came across to help, Lombardi zipped a backhand pass through both of them to an uncovered Amonte in the slot.
"We made a poor read, I didn't think Getzlaf was beat but our defenseman went over and really overplayed it," Carlyle said. "They through the puck back in front of the net and it was basically a wide open net."
It was the second short-handed goal allowed in the series by the Ducks, who gave up 13 during the regular season.
Game 6 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Anaheim. If necessary, the teams will return to Calgary for Game 7 on Wednesday night.
|SHG - Tony Amonte (2) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (2), Roman Hamrlik (2)|
1 - 0 CGY
|PPG - Jarome Iginla (4) ASST: Andrew Ference (4), Daymond Langkow (4)|
2 - 0 CGY
|Jarome Iginla (5) ASST: Daymond Langkow (5), Kristian Huselius (4)|
3 - 0 CGY
|PPG - Andy McDonald (1) ASST: Teemu Selanne (3), Francois Beauchemin (2)|
3 - 1 CGY
|PPG - Rob Niedermayer (1) ASST: Samuel Pahlsson (1), Francois Beauchemin (3)|
3 - 2 CGY
|Power Play %||15.7%||18.8%|
|% on Road||15.4%||19.0%|
|% at Home||16.1%||18.7%|
|Rhett Warrener Tripping against Chris Kunitz|
|Andrew Ference Charging against Travis Moen|
|Sean O'Donnell Slashing against Darren McCarty|
|Sean O'Donnell Roughing against Darren McCarty|
|Darren McCarty Roughing against Sean O'Donnell|
|Sean O'Donnell Fighting (maj) against Darren McCarty|
|Darren McCarty Fighting (maj) against Sean O'Donnell|
|Chris Kunitz Hooking against Shean Donovan|
|Samuel Pahlsson Hooking against Matthew Lombardi|
|Daymond Langkow Hooking against Todd Marchant|
|Travis Moen Fighting (maj) against Chris Simon|
|Chris Simon Fighting (maj) against Travis Moen|
|Corey Perry Tripping against Tony Amonte|
|Stephane Yelle Interference against Corey Perry|
|Jordan Leopold Holding against Andy McDonald|
|Robyn Regehr Elbowing against Teemu Selanne|
|Scott Niedermayer Roughing against Andrew Ference|
|Daymond Langkow Roughing against Scott Niedermayer|