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Iginla sets record

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Jarome Iginla is the Calgary Flames new franchise leader for points.


And he did it in style with a career-high five-point game at home.

The 31-year-old Iginla sits at 834 points and counting after a five-point game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a game that also saw Iginla score the 400th goal of his career.

The Flames captain, in his 12th season with the Flames, registered two goals and two assists in  to set the franchise record. He began the game one point shy of Theo Fleury's mark of 830 points but passed Fleury and then some on Sunday.

Iginla scored on a power play in the first period, jamming a rebound past Lightning netminder Mike McKenna to tie Fleury. He then assisted on second period goals by Craig Conroy, passing Fleury, and Mike Cammalleri to solidify his position in the record book.

About the only thing that didn't go Iginla's way was the scoreboard as the Lightning downed the Flames 8-6.

Watch the Highlights of Iginla's record-setting night 

"It's been a great time," said Iginla. "To get it at home is special to me. When I look back it's going to be remembered as a good night."

Conroy and Iginla are very good friends so Conroy was pretty happy to be part of the record-setting affair.

"It was nice to be a part of that one," said Conroy. "He is the one constant in the organization. He's been here through the good years and the bad years. He has been here a long time and will be here even longer. The way he has treated the city and the way the city has treated him, it was great to see him get it at home."

Iginla's 400th goal came early in the third period when he blasted a slapshot past McKenna to tie the game 5-5. He added another assist late in the third period to tie his personal high of five points in a game.

Of the 400 goals he has scored, 126 have been on the power play and 64 of the tallies have been game-winners.

"It's a testament to one player staying in one spot for his whole career," said Flames general manager Darryl Sutter. "They are both great players."

Iginla had moved into second spot on the franchise points list when he passed Al MacInnis, the former Flames defenceman and Hall of Fame member, on February, 17, 2009 when he tallied a goal and an assist against Vancouver.

"I've been blessed in my career to play 12 seasons here. It gets to be more fun as we continue to improve as a team," said Iginla.

Iginla was acquired by the Flames in a trade with the Dallas Stars on  Dec. 19, 1995. He and Corey Millen came to Calgary in exchange for then Flames captain Joe Nieuwendyk. The Stars had chosen Iginla in the first round, 11th overall, in the 1995 entry draft.


Flames All-Time Points Leaders
 
PLAYER
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
1 Iginla, Jarome 922 400 434 834 660
2
Fleury, Theoren
791
364
466
830
1339
3
MacInnis, Al
803
213
609
822
944
4
Nieuwendyk, Joe
577
314
302
616
330
5
Suter, Gary
617
128
437
565
872
6
Nilsson, Kent
425
229
333
562
90
7
Chouinard, Guy
514
193
336
529
110
8
Roberts, Gary
585
257
248
505
1736
9
Vail, Eric
539
206
246
452
246
10
Reinhart, Paul
517
109
335
444
203
Last Updated: March 1, 2009

 

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