UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Jarome Iginla was wearing a green hardhat after
single-handedly beating the New York Islanders.
Iginla had two goals and an assist in the Calgary Flames' 3-2 victory
Tuesday that came one night after they beat the New York Rangers.
The headgear was a nice touch after a difficult two-game stretch following a
"It's a nice hat to be wearing," Iginla said. "It definitely was a tough
game for us. They were going all game long."
Iginla, the Flames captain, had a goal and two assists in Monday's 5-0 win
against the Rangers.
"I like it when we visit New York," Iginla said. "Two great, loud
buildings and two very tough teams."
Oleg Saprykin had the other Calgary goal, and Jamie McLennan made 31 saves
to win for the second straight night. It was the Flames' sixth consecutive
victory on Long Island, dating to their last loss on Dec. 3, 1996.
Mattias Weinhandl and Jason Blake scored for the Islanders, winless in three
games (0-2-1) after posting a six-game winning streak. Garth Snow stopped 31
shots. Snow has played 15 straight games, including 14 starts, for the
The Islanders hadn't lost at home since they were beaten by the Rangers on
Dec. 4 to complete a seven-game losing streak.
Calgary opened the scoring 6:31 in. Just 15 seconds after Dave Lowry stepped
out of the penalty box, he moved into the Islanders zone and centered a pass
for Iginla. Snow made the save, but the rebound kicked off Iginla's skate and
went into the net.
"All I know is that Davey gave me a great pass," Iginla said. "I took the
shot, and the rebound hit something, maybe my skate. I just put my hands in the
air and made sure it counted."
Weinhandl tied it at 4:54 of the second period when he swiped the rebound of
Mariusz Czerkawski's shot past a prone McLennan.
Blake put the Islanders up 2-1 with his 12th goal at 10:48, off a rebound.
"I thought we gained momentum after Blakey scored," Islanders defenseman
Janne Niinimaa said. "But then they got that lucky goal, and we had a hard
time getting it back. We lost too many battles."
Calgary tied it 2-2 at 12:07 when Saprykin tipped Iginla's left-center point
wrist shot past Snow.
The Flames went back ahead on a two-man advantage goal at 14:00 when
Iginla's one-timed shot from the left faceoff dot pinballed in off the crossbar
and right post.
"I just felt more comfortable shooting the puck recently," Iginla said.
Islanders coach Steve Stirling was less than pleased with his team's effort.
"After we took the 2-1 lead, we stopped skating and stopped working,"
Stirling said. "We dug ourselves a hole we couldn't get out of."