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Iginla's milestone tally sparks Flames

by Brian Compton

Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 365th goal, passing Theoren Fleury atop the franchise's all time list in Calgary's 7-3 rout of the St. Louis Blues.
WATCH: Iginla's record breaking goal 
It wasn’t a matter of if Jarome Iginla would become the Calgary Flames’ franchise leader in goals.
It was a matter of when.
And 18:27 into Monday night’s 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Pengrowth Saddledome, the Flames’ captain passed Theoren Fleury with his 365th career goal when he one-timed a feed from Kristian Huselius past Manny Legace.
''I was definitely happy to get it at home and to get it in a win,'' said Iginla, who is finishing up his 11th NHL season, all with Calgary. ''I have a lot of good memories here. My first goal was here in the playoffs (in 1996). Time flies.''
Fleury was not in the building for the milestone goal, but the team showed a short pre-recorded congratulatory message on the jumbotron that concluded with Fleury smiling and saying, ''See you at 500.''
Iginla’s 41st goal of the season gave the Flames a 3-1 lead. Alex Tanguay scored just 21 seconds into the game before Huselius ended a 20-game drought at 7:13 to make it 2-0.  David Backes cut the deficit in half for the struggling Blues with a power-play goal at 9:06, but Iginla restored the two-goal lead on a shot that sparked a standing ovation from the capacity crowd of 19,289.
Iginla ranks third in franchise history in points (743) and is already the team’s all-time leader in games played with 847.
''Getting a chance to play in Calgary as long as I have, to be a part of any of the team's records is a huge thrill,'' Iginla said. ''I've been extremely fortunate and blessed and it's been so much fun and I want to keep going.''
Brad Boyes scored twice for St. Louis, which dropped to 0-3 on a brutal nine-game road trip. The Blues, who are 1-8-1 over their last 10 games, visit Edmonton on Tuesday night.
''It's frustrating,” said St. Louis goalie Manny Legace, who was pulled by coach Andy Murray after allowing three goals on 11 shots in the first period. “We had such a great start and we've been pretty much (throwing) it away in the last two months.”
The win put the Flames atop the Northwest Division, as they gained a one-point lead on the Minnesota Wild. Calgary now begins a four-game road trip on Wednesday night at Washington.
“It’s nice to take care of our home games, but now we have a road trip,” Tanguay said. There’s a couple of desperate teams that we’re going to play. Washington, Columbus, Chicago … they’re all trying to get into playoff position. They’ve still got time, so we just have to make sure we move up in the standings.”

Canucks 2, Kings 1, OT | Video
Los Angeles outperformed Vancouver in every facet of Monday night’s game at the Staples Center.
Except where it counts the most – the scoreboard.
Ryan Kesler erased a 1-0 deficit with 2:41 to play in regulation and then won it for the Canucks 46 seconds into overtime to ruin a sensational performance by Kings’ goaltender Dan Cloutier, who finished with 38 saves.

“I felt pretty good coming in,” Cloutier said. “It’s sure disappointing to lose it with a couple of minutes to go, especially when we played such a great game. But that’s why you play 60 minutes, and sometimes 65. We kind of gave them one too many chances at the end. They’re a hungry team. We’ve got to correct those mental mistakes.”

Patrick O’Sullivan broke a scoreless tie with his 19th goal of the season at the 8:27 mark of the third period. After Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell broke his stick on a slap shot in the Kings’ zone, O’Sullivan finished off a 2-on-2 rush when he wristed Dustin Brown’s feed past Roberto Luongo to give L.A. a 1-0 lead.

"We played a really good game the whole time, and unfortunately they got the lead at the end there on a bad break when Willie's stick broke," Luongo said. "We stuck with it and we got a really good goal at the end, and another huge goal at the end there from Kesler."

Cloutier – who fell to 0-2-2 against his former team – was left hanging out to dry on Kesler’s tying goal. The Canucks’ power forward stood alone in front of the net, where he was able to poke an Alex Burrows rebound past Cloutier to make it 1-1.

Kesler’s game-winning goal came just 16 seconds after the Kings killed off an interference penalty on defenseman Rob Blake. Just moments after Mattias Ohlund fired one off the post,

Kesler redirected a slap shot from Mitchell past Cloutier to give the Canucks their 100th overtime victory during the regular season since the format for breaking ties was instituted for the 1983-84 campaign.

"We knew we were playing a solid game and throwing pucks on net," Kesler said. "Cloutier was playing really well, and we just kept saying that if we got some traffic and pucks in front of the net that something would go in, and that's kind of how it happened. The puck was just lying there, and I got my stick on it."

Los Angeles has failed to score more than two goals in any of its last six games. The Kings dropped to 3-27-3 when they fail to score at least three times.
“Cloutier was outstanding tonight,” Kings forward Anze Kopitar said. “He really deserved to win today, but we just came up short. I don’t know what happened on the first one, because I didn’t really see it. But he stood on his head for us. It’s really disappointing to come up short.”
Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.

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