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Iginla, Lecavalier achieve milestones in Calgary

by Brian Compton
It looked like the 2004 Stanley Cup Final all over again on Sunday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Jarome Iginla and Vincent Lecavalier went toe-to-toe -- only they skipped dropping the gloves this time around -- as they combined for eight points and achieved major milestones during the Tampa Bay Lightning's 8-6 victory against the Calgary Flames.
With two goals and three assists, Iginla surpassed Theo Fleury as Calgary's all-time leading scorer with 834 points. He also scored the 400th goal of his Hall of Fame career. Iginla's milestone 831st point came when Craig Conroy deflected in a Dion Phaneuf shot after Iginla had started the sequence getting the puck back to Phaneuf at the blue line.
Iginla wasn't initially awarded an assist on his record-breaking point, and before the off-ice officials could correctly add him to the scoring play, he added another assist that was celebrated by the sell-out crowd of 19,289 as the record-breaker.
''I was excited to get it at home," Iginla said. "I wasn't too picky about it being a real nice one. It was cool to get it on Conroy's (goal). ''Unfortunately the night didn't go the way we wanted. We let it get away from us. Looking back on it down the road, it's still going to be a great night.''
Meanwhile, Lecavalier scored twice and added an assist. He scored the 300th goal of his career in the victory, while Mark Recchi had five assists and moved into 14th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,426 points.
"I didn't know at all," Lecavalier said of being so close to 300 goals. "It's a great honor. I've been on the Lightning for many years and I'm very proud of this organization. We're playing a lot better now in the second half of the year, even though the results aren't there. We're getting closer."
Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead when Evgeny Artyukhin beat Miikka Kiprusoff at 11:07 of the first period. Iginla quickly tied the game with a power-play at 15:44, his 25th tally of the season.
The teams then erupted for a combined seven goals in the second period. Martin St. Louis put the Lightning back in front at 1:19, but the Flames responded with three tallies from Conroy, Mike Cammalleri and Jamie Lundmark in a 6:12 span to take a 4-2 lead.
Tampa Bay turned the game's momentum around with three goals in the final five minutes of the second period. Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Vaclav Prospal scored in a 2:30 span, chasing Kiprusoff from the nets. The Flames' goalie allowed five goals on 19 shots as Tampa Bay took a 5-4 lead into the intermission.
''That was right out of the 80s,'' St. Louis said.  ''A wide open game, a lot of goals, everybody got involved. It was a fun game to play.''
Five more goals were scored in the third, starting with Iginla's 400th tally that came just 14 seconds in. But just over two minutes later, Tampa Bay regained the lead on a power play. Curtis McElhinney made a kick save on Recchi's shot, but Ryan Malone was there to stuff home the rebound. Lecavalier gave the Lightning a 7-5 lead with a power-play goal of his own at 8:32.
''We have too much respect for our coaching staff. The guys in here have stuck together through this.  Guys aren't going to quit,'' Recchi said.  ''It's been an interesting year, a frustrating year for all of us, but at the same time, you're not going to quit on each other.''
Todd Bertuzzi got the Flames back to within one when he beat Mike McKenna (33 saves) at 16:46, but St. Louis iced the victory with an empty-net goal with 32 seconds to go.

"It was cool to get it on Conroy's (goal).  Unfortunately the night didn't go the way we wanted. We let it get away from us. Looking back on it down the road, it's still going to be a great night." -- Jarome Iginla on becoming Calgary's new all-time leading scorer
"We should play them maybe a little bit more often," Lecavalier said. "We just keep on coming back and scoring some goals. It was an up-and-down game, but it was definitely exciting for people watching it."

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.   

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