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Flames 7 Blues 3: Inside the Game

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames


It was good news all around for the Flames Monday. They had a god start to a game at home. A franchise record was set. They won. They moved into first place. And they scored plenty in doing it all.

First and foremost, Jarome Iginla scored goal 365 to move past Theo Fleury into the franchise lead for goals scored when his shot from the slot on a first period power play beat Manny Legace.

Iggy No. 1 with number 365 

The Flames then went on to down St. Louis and move into first place in the Northwest Division as they head out on the road for the next four games.

There had been the much talked about slow starts. The Calgary Flames great engima was the first 20 minutes of play. On Monday, against St. Louis, Alex Tanguay decided to fix that, scoring on a wrist shot just 21 seconds into the game. Kristian Huselius then ended a 20-game scoring slump when he made it 2-0 in the first, on a power play. The Blues got one back before Iginla scored his record-setting goal to give the Flames a 3-1 lead.

Matthew Lombardi, another Flame who had been struggling to score, put the Flames up 4-2 when he burst in shorthanded and scored, making it 4-2 Calgary and snapping a 19-game goal-less drought.

The fourth line even chipped in in the third period when Marcus Nilson, off a set-up from Eric Godard, put home his second of the season to make it 5-2 at 6:51. Shortly after Daymond Langkow scored his 26th of the season and Tanguay finished off the Flames scoring with an empty-net, shorthanded goal.

THE BIG SAVE: With the score 3-1 for the Flames, Ryan Johnson takes advantage of a Flames giveaway in the neutral zone and heads towards the Flames net on a breakaway. His backhand deke is denied by Miikka Kiprusoff.
THE BIG HIT: Well, it wasn't a huge hit but Miikka Kiprusoff, ticked at being run over in his crease, threw the puck at Martin Rucinsky, hitting him in the face with the toss. Kiprusoff received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty but the Flames had no trouble killing the penalty.
THE TURNING POINT: The Blues were being a rather stubborn bunch for a team with virtually nothing to play for when Matthew Lombardi took a perfect feed at breakneck speed in the neutral zone from Alex Tanguay and then scored on the shorthanded breakaway to make it 4-2 for the Flames.
QUOTABLE: "This time of the year we better be putting consistent efforts together. For us to nail down the division championship we have to be consistent" -- Flames assistant coach Rob Cookson.

THE ROSTER: The Flames scratches were D Rhett Warrener, D Anders Eriksson, F Eric Nystrom, F Mark Smith and F David Moss (ankle). The change from the last game was the inserting of F Marcus Nilson for Nystrom.

WORTH NOTING: After losing the first game of their four-game season series to the Blues, a 3-0 loss in St. Louis, the Flames won the next three, including Monday's win...

BY THE NUMBERS: The big number on the night was Jarome Iginla's 365th goal, a tally that moved him into first place in the franchise record book, one ahead of Theo Fleury. Flame forward Kristian Huselius scored on a first period power play to snap a 20-game goal drought. His shot hit a Blues defenceman on the way to the net. Sometimes the ugly goal is the only way to end a slump. At the morning skate head coach Mike Keenan had suggested as much. "I think an individual like Kristian needs to score to get his confidence up. He has always been a streak scorer," said Keenan...Flames D Jim Vandermeer, acquired just prior to the trade deadline, collected his first point as a Flame, an assist on Calgary's seventh goal.
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