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Iginla notches 800th point

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla wasted little time in collecting the 800th point of his career.

He would have liked another point for the standings out of Friday's game against Chicago.

Iginla set-up Rene Bourque at 6:44 of the first period Friday at the Pengrowth Saddledome as the Flames to reach the 800-point club.

"It was a great pass to me from Craig Conroy. I was about to shoot and I heard Rene call. It was a great finish on his part," said Iginla. "You never know how many you are going to get when you start out. I feel blessed and fortunate."


Reaching the 800-point plateau, however, was tainted by a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks who extended their winning streak to six games, the first time they have done that since 2001.

The Flames and Hawks played a high-tempo game that featured some great goaltending and a good number of scoring chances for both teams.

The Flames failed to capitalize on any of their four power plays and that made the difference.

"They won the special teams battle," said Iginla. "Unfortunately we didn't capitalize. We have to work at getting better in that area."

While Bourque's goal opened the scoring the Hawks roared back with two straight, one just 1:08 into the second period, to stake out a 2-1 lead. David Bolland and Patrick Kane, on a power play with a terrific shot over the shoulder of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, scored for the Hawks.

The Flames have been stingy lately on the penalty kill. Kane's goal was just the fourth the Flames had allowed shorthanded in the last 15 games. They had killed 49 of the last 52 penalties prior to Kane finding the back of the net.

However, David Moss, banging home a rebound, tied the game at 8:32. On the play Bourque had streaked down the wing and fired a hard slapper at Nikolai Khabibulin. The big rebound was directed towards Moss, coming down the right slot, and he one-timed past the Hawks netminder who entered the game with a 19-5-2 record against the Flames.

With the game tied 2-2 Khabibulin absolutely robbed Todd Bertuzzi from in close after Bertuzzi worked a perfect give and go with centre Daymond Langkow.

Kiprusoff, not to be outdone, made the save of the game late in the third period on Hawks sniper Patrick Kane who had stripped Mark Giordano of the puck at the Hawks blueline and went end-to-end on a breakaway. Kiprusoff held his ground and made a nifty glove stop on Kane, who tried to go top shelf.

Duncan Keith scored the game-winner 23 seconds into overtime when he cashed in a rebound off a Toew's rush up the ice. Kiprusoff made the initial save but the trailing Keith made no mistake with the rebound.

"Both teams played well. Both goalies played well," said Bourque. "We had chances to finish it. I had chances to finish it but we didn't get it done."

ICING: The Flames will make their annual Christmas visit to the Alberta Children's Hospital on Monday. They will be delivering teddy bears this year, courtesy Good Earth Cafe's...The Flames play again on Tuesday, at home against Anaheim, before getting a holiday break...






– Points for Jarome Iginla after the Flames captain collected an assist on the first goal of the game

2 –Points for former Hawk Rene Bourque

5 –Overtime games this season for Calgary. They are 2-3.

12 –Power plays against Chicago this season for the Flames and no goals

17 – Third period shots for the Flames.

1) Bourque
2) Kane
3) Keith

Rene Bourque, a force all game, belts Jonathan Toews in the neutral zone in the second period


Injured players include F Curtis Glencross (lower body) Brandon Prust (jaw), Jim Vandermeer (broken leg), Rhett Warrener (shoulder) and Wayne Primeau (foot)

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