has reached the 30-goal plateau for the ninth consecutive season.
The 32-year-old Calgary Flames captain sparked the Flames to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Sunday afternoon with the 10th career hat trick of his 13-season career.
Iginla beat Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom with two powerful blasts on the power play and then added an empty net tally as the Flames kept pace with the Detroit Red Wings in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"I was just shooting it as hard as I could," said Iginla of his two power play goals. "There was traffic in front on both goals. Part of it is just trying to shoot hard and good things are going to happen."
Coincidentally, Iginla had played 10 previous games against the Wild without scoring a goal against the team based in the Twin Cities. In fact, the last time he scored in a game against the Wild, he also had a hat trick.
Iginla has now reached the 30-goal mark since the 2000-01 season. He has also had 52-goal season, a 50-goal season, a 41-goal season, a 39-goal season, a 31-goal and three 35-goal seasons in that span.
Since the 2000-01 season Iginla has scored 348 times.
In his 1007 NHL games Iginla has collected 439 goals, 474 assists and 913 points.
"He pounded the puck," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter of Iginla's rockets past Backstrom. "He is a shooter and he got himself into areas to shoot the puck."