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Iginla's hat trick gives Flames 5-2 win in Los Angeles

by Brian Compton
Jarome Iginla made sure the Calgary Flames' blowout loss on Thursday didn't turn into something worse.

Calgary's captain scored a goal in each period for his ninth career hat trick, leading the Flames to a 5-2 win at Los Angeles on Saturday.

"We were assertive, we played an intelligent game and we were smart," Calgary coach Brent Sutter said of his team's rebound from a 7-1 home loss to Chicago less than 48 hours earlier. "Iginla played a whale of a game -- just not the fact that he scored. He was just rock solid in a lot of areas."

Iginla got the Flames started early by beating Jonathan Quick 13 seconds into the game, tied the score at 2-2 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 6:51 into the second and completed his first hat trick this season by ripping a shot from the right circle past Quick with 4:07 left in regulation for a 4-2 lead.

Iginla was in the penalty box when Daymond Langkow scored a shorthanded goal for Calgary to break a 2-2 tie 7:22 into the third period. David Moss scored for the Flames with 46 seconds remaining, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves.

Iginla was most pleased with the rebound by the Flames' penalty-killers, who were torched for four power-play goals in the loss to Chicago.

"I was hoping and praying," Iginla said of his two-minute stint in the box. "They worked hard all night and were so determined."

Drew Doughty and Alexander Frolov scored 38 seconds apart early in the second period to give the Kings a brief 2-1 lead.

The Kings fell to 3-4-0 in their last seven games and have looked sluggish during the past couple of weeks. Saturday was their 24th game in 50 days, and coach Terry Murray said the schedule is an obstacle the Kings have to deal with.

"We've played a lot, traveled a lot, been to the East Coast a couple times, so it's going to take a toll," Murray said. "I say that, but that's the way it is. That's the way it is. You've got to deal with that part of the game, play intelligently and manage the puck properly. The travel, and the number of games you play, really has nothing to do with turning the puck over in the middle of the ice."

Iginla started the scoring by gathering a pass from Olli Jokinen in the neutral zone at center and wristing a shot from just inside the Los Angeles blue line that clipped the skate of Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell and beat Quick.

"You always hope for those, they don't happen very often first shift," Iginla said. "I was just trying to us him as a screen, I didn't even see it go in. Scoring that early we were all pretty excited. Especially after a tough last game, to have an early start like that, in an afternoon game, was a big boost."

Langkow's goal broke the tie, and late goals by Iginla and Moss put the game away.

"We didn't have a lot of energy," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "`It's irrelevant why we didn't have it. We need to bring energy, especially in critical games."

Senators 5, Sabres 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Make it three in a row for Ottawa.

Daniel Alfredsson had two goals and an assist, Filip Kuba had a goal and three assists and Brian Elliott made 13 saves in relief as the Sens won their third straight with a win against Buffalo at Scotiabank Place.

"I think it's confidence and a little bit of luck," Alfredsson said of his team's winning streak. "We're playing with more confidence and you can feel it in the locker room."

Elliott replaced the injured Pascal Leclaire at the start of the third period after the latter was involved in a collision with Buffalo forward Jochen Hecht late in the second. Senators coach Cory Clouston said Leclaire, who made 24 saves, would be evaluated on Sunday.

"I don't know how fast my heart was going when I got in there," Elliott said. "The guys played really well in front of me. I felt I played pretty good and obviously they spotted me that lead and that helped as well."

Thomas Vanek, Patrick Kaleta and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres, while former Sens goalie Patrick Lalime stopped 21 of 26 shots in just his third start of the season.

Vanek broke a scoreless tie with a power-play goal at 19:08 of the opening period, but Ottawa tied the game less than a minute into the second on Kuba's first goal of the season, which also came on the power play. Alfredsson gave Ottawa the lead when his wrister beat Lalime at 8:14.

"I don't think we even need to focus on goaltending," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think the focus has to fall on our 5-on-5 play. That 4-on-3 that they scored against was just a fact that two of our forwards didn't get back."

The Sens continued the onslaught with three more tallies in the third. Chris Kelly made it 3-1 at 2:39 by redirecting a shot from Matt Carkner past Lalime for his second of the season. Milan Michalek, who was acquired in the Dany Heatley trade, gave the Sens a three-goal lead at 6:11 off an odd-man rush before Alfredsson notched his second goal of the game with 12 minutes remaining. All three of Ottawa's third-period goals came at even strength.

Kaleta and Pominville tried to make things interesting with goals less than two minutes apart midway through the third, but Buffalo couldn't get any closer. The Sabres outshot the Sens 16-7 in the final 20 minutes.

"I thought we came out real solid in the second period," Clouston said. "The first 12 to 13 minutes we played really well. We did a lot of good things defensively and that created offensive opportunities."

Hurricanes 3, Lightning 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

It had been more than a month since Carolina won in regulation, but the Hurricanes finally had a reason to celebrate after 60 minutes. Tuomo Ruutu, Jussi Jokinen and Chad LaRose scored unanswered goals and Manny Legace made 20 saves as the Hurricanes won in regulation for the first time since Oct. 9 with a victory against Tampa Bay at the RBC Center.

It also marked the first time in 15 games that Carolina allowed fewer than three goals.

"It was just beautiful to watch," Legace said about the Hurricanes' defensive effort. "I had a good front-row seat tonight."

Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, and Mike Smith made 24 saves. Tampa Bay entered the game 4-0-3 in its previous seven.

"I am a little disappointed in some of the top guys," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "I think Martin St. Louis played well, but some of our other top guys just didn't show up tonight."

St. Louis gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 15:18 into the game, but Carolina responded with a pair of tallies in the second. Ruutu scored a power-play goal of his own at 2:35 when he one-timed Ray Whitney's feed past Smith. Jokinen put Carolina in front for good at 13:46 on a redirection that went through Smith's legs.

"I don't know how good Tampa was tonight," said Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo, who assisted on the game-winning tally. "They didn't seem to have the jump they usually have."

LaRose put the game out of reach when he beat Smith with 4:23 left in the game. It was Carolina's eighth straight win on home ice against the Lightning.

"The mood in the room in the last week has been better, and we've been moving toward something much better," Corvo said. "Everybody's just a little more confident and feels better."

Blues 4, Islanders 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

Not since the opening weekend of the season had St. Louis won back-to-back games, but the Blues accomplished the feat in impressive fashion against the Isles. David Perron scored twice and Chris Mason made 23 saves as the Blues dominated the third period en route to a victory over New York at the Scottrade Center.

Patrik Berglund also scored his first goal in 13 games for the Blues, who hadn't won two in a row since sweeping a two-game set in Sweden against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 2-3.

"It means we won our segment," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "It means we had six points in the last five games, which is important to us. It also means in the last eight games, we've only lost two."

Josh Bailey scored the lone goal for the Islanders, his second in as many games. The Isles started their seven-game road trip with a 2-0-2 record but have now dropped back-to-back games in regulation. New York, which visits Toronto on Monday, lost 3-2 at Minnesota on Friday.

"Our biggest problem was we didn't push the puck when we had opportunities," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "Our backcheck was our biggest nemesis. We just gave them too much time on the entries.

"I can't believe (the Blues) are just .500 (8-8-4). That just blows my mind with the talent they have."

After Bailey and Eric Brewer exchanged goals in the first, St. Louis took a 2-1 lead when Berglund beat Dwayne Roloson with 4:37 remaining in the second period on a shot from the slot. It was his first point in 10 games.

"Obviously, it was an important goal," Berglund said. "The whole second period, we didn't play good at all. It was really good that we got that goal. We went into the third period and played really good, got the puck to the net and scored some other goals."

St. Louis controlled the third period and pulled away with a pair of goals by Perron. The first came just 75 seconds in, when he collected Barret Jackman's rebound and fired it past Roloson. He then made a gorgeous move around Mark Streit before beating Roloson with forehand for his ninth of the season at 5:02.

"We practice those kind of moves," Perron said. "You react to what's open, what's available. It worked, so it was fun. I'm glad it worked out tonight."

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 3 (SO) | HIGHLIGHTS

Only hours after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child, David Legwand scored shorthanded and added a shootout goal as Nashville edged Columbus for its fifth straight victory and 12th in a row over the Jackets at the Sommet Center.

"We had a little boy," Legwand gushed. "Everyone's at the hospital and healthy, so that's good. We're getting back there right now. It should be fun."

Pekka Rinne stopped two of three shots in the shootouts and made 26 saves through overtime. Rick Nash was the lone scorer for Columbus in the penalty-shot competition.

"I have always kind of liked shootouts," Rinne said. "For a goalie, you want to be a difference maker."

Mike Santorelli and Legwand scored in the shootout for Nashville (12-8-1), which fired 48 shots through overtime, making for a busy night for Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason.

"We battled hard tonight," Legwand said. "We had some ups and downs, but that's what hockey is. We've got to keep plugging forward."

R.J. Umberger scored twice for Columbus in the first period, his sixth and seventh goals of the season. His second goal came just 15 seconds after Jason Arnott had erased a 1-0 deficit for Nashville, as he banked one in off Rinne's left skate.

"You get a couple early and it gives you a lot of confidence," Umberger said. "I had a few good chances the rest of the game."

Legwand and Martin Erat gave the Predators the lead with goals exactly two minutes apart early in the second period. Legwand made it 2-2 when he beat Mason shorthanded via the backhand at 1:29 before Erat redirected Shea Weber's shot from the point for a power-play tally. Nashville has scored on the man advantage in four consecutive games for the first time this season.

"The power play was good tonight," Preds coach Barry Trotz said. "Special teams were a big part of the game. We got two power-play goals and a short-handed goal."

Anton Stralman scored the final goal of regulation for either team when he converted on the power play at 19:02 of the second period. It was his third goal of the season.

"It's frustrating," Mason said. "They obviously know how to play at home, and they did a really good job."

Stars 5, Devils 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Stephane Robidas had two goals and two assists and Brad Richards had four assists as Dallas beat New Jersey for its third regulation win on home ice in 10 tries.

"Sometimes everything you touch seems to go in," Robidas said after his second career two-goal game. "It's pretty simple."

Robidas had his first career four-point game, adding eight hits and two blocked shots.

"He's a warrior," Richards said. "He does things game in and game out that only teammates see. We know how valuable he is. His heart is always in the right place."

Robidas scored the first of three straight goals for the Stars in the first period. After Brian Rolston gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds into the game, Dallas responded with goals from Warren Peters, Mike Ribeiro and Robidas, which prompted Devils coach Jacques Lemaire to replace Yann Danis with Martin Brodeur to start the second period. Danis allowed three goals on nine shots.

"I thought (Brodeur) would give us a little more energy and we would play better," Lemaire said. "It definitely did, because we came back."

Indeed they did, as Rolston notched his second goal of the game via the power play at 9:49 of the second before Travis Zajac converted on the man advantage 6:31 into the third.

"We've got to show focus and maturity at home," Richards said. "But we're giving ourselves an opportunity to string some wins together here. We're not where we want to be, but things could be a lot worse."

Tom Wandell put the Stars back in front when he put his own rebound past Brodeur with 10:53 remaining. Robidas tallied his second goal of the night at 14:09 when he one-timed Loui Eriksson's feed past Brodeur to make it 5-3.

"We let them come back, but we battled back and that's progress," Robidas said. "It's a good sign. That's a good team."

Coyotes 3, Flyers 1 | HIGHLIGHTS

Keith Yandle broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal midway through the third period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves as Phoenix skated past Philadelphia at Arena.

Yandle's goal came moments after Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin bobbled a bouncing puck on the blue line. As coach John Stevens and the Flyers bench screamed for an offside call, Aucoin moved the puck to Lombardi, who passed to Yandle at the top of the left circle. Yandle took one stride in and beat Ray Emery (18 saves) with a wrist shot.

"I just found a lane and Lombo (Matthew Lombardi), he's a great passer," Yandle said. "He found me and I shot it where I wanted it. It's usually not like that."

Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers, who have lost two straight after winning seven of their previous eight.

"We all thought it was offsides and the players reacted to it," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said of Yandle's tally. "But we still have to kill off the power play."

After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals in the second. Lombardi gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead with a power-play tally at 4:49 before Hartnell tied it at even strength less than three minutes later.

Shane Doan was credited with a goal with 39.9 seconds remaining after he was hooked by Chris Pronger in front of the Philadelphia net while attempting to shoot on the empty net after Emery was pulled for an extra attacker. Doan tied Thomas Steen for third place on the Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise goal list with 264.

"He (the referee) said I got him on the hands, but I got him on the stick," Pronger said. "I disagree. I didn't think it should have been a goal. I didn't even think it was a penalty. He had his stick down. How am I going to get him on the hands when I lifted his stick?"

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

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