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Jarome Iginla picked a great time to become the 77th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points.

Iginla reached the milestone when he scored his second goal of the game with 5:03 left to break a tie and give Calgary a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night -- keeping the Flames' slim playoff hopes alive.

"When I started, I never would have thought of that and it wasn't something I was thinking about year in and year out or anything like that until maybe the last few," said Iginla, who got the game-winner with a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Jaroslav Halak. "It just makes me reminisce and how much fun it's been and how fortunate I've been to play as long as I have."

Iginla also had an assist. He has 39 goals and 41 assists in 79 games this season and 480 goals and 520 assists in 1,103 career regular-season games -- all with the Flames.

The 33-year-old has no intentions of quitting any time soon.

"I still want to play a lot longer but I've definitely been fortunate so far to and to play with as many good players and have the opportunity," Iginla said. "It just makes me think back and I definitely feel blessed and fortunate."

Alex Tanguay added a goal and two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 25 shots as Calgary remained three points behind Chicago in the race for final Western Conference playoff spot.

David Backes had a goal and an assist, Matt D'Agostini also scored, and Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists for the Blues, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the night when Chicago beat Columbus 4-3 in a shootout.

All the talk in the Blues' room was losing a third-period lead and Iginla.

"He's a guy that seems to, in the third period especially, find that extra gear and really make us pay," said Backes, who scored his 100th career goal. "When he's on the ice, we need awareness of that."

The Blues built a 2-0 lead on D'Agostini's power-play goal in the first and Backes' team-leading 29th of the season at 14:27 of the second.

"We played a great game for the first two periods," Shattenkirk said. "They started to gain a little momentum back at the end of the second period there. I think we just didn't come out the way we needed to in the third period."

Iginla started Calgary's comeback when he roofed a shot past Halak at 15:48, and the Flames completed their comeback when Tanguay scored at 8:01 and Iginla connected at 14:57.

Tanguay sprung Iginla when the Blues' Nikita Nikitin slipped in the Flames' zone. Iginla took Tanguay's pass neat center ice, raced into the Blues' zone and beat Halak, who stopped 22 shots, low to the blocker side.

"It's something I will remember," Iginla said. "I've really enjoyed playing with (Tanguay), so it's kind of nice that he was able to assist on it. Man, time has flown like it's been a lot of years, but it's been a lot of fun."

Tanguay said Iginla's feat was even more impressive because scoring has gotten tougher.

"As far as Jarome's game, what a performer he's been to be able to get to 1,000 points in this day and age," he said. "It's not like 20 years ago where the goal-scoring was seven or eight per game. This is a tighter NHL and to be able to find the consistency year after year, to put up points and score goals, I think it goes to show what type of player he is and the type of athlete he is. It's certainly fun to watch him play."

Material from wire services was used in this report


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