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Jarome Iginla scores to lift Calgary Flames past Minnesota Wild 2-1

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CALGARY - Jarome Iginla scored the go-ahead goal and also had an assist Tuesday night as a return to home ice helped the Flames get back in the win column with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Tied 1-1, Iginla gave the Flames the lead at 6:02 of the second period on a spectacular individual effort.

Defenceman Derek Smith fired a shot toward the net that Josh Harding stopped, but the rebound dropped at the feet of Iginla and two Minnesota defencemen standing right beside him.

The Flames captain outmuscled both Jared Spurgeon and then Marco Scandella to corral the loose puck and then knocked it past Harding for his team-leading 13th goal.

Curtis Glencross with his 11th goal also scored for Calgary (15-15-4), which was fresh off a four-game road trip. The Flames are back for a short two-game homestand before heading back onto the road for their next seven while the IIHF world junior hockey championships come to town.

The game was a showdown between two struggling, depleted teams, each on identical four-game winless skids.

In contrast to their road struggles, the Flames continue to play well at home where they're unbeaten in their last seven.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the lone goal for Minnesota (20-10-5). The Wild have lost eight of their last 10 away from home.

Minnesota tied the game 1-1 at 6:10 of the first period off a face-off win in the Flames end.

Matt Cullen beat Olli Jokinen on the draw, getting the puck to Jared Spurgeon. The Wild defenceman took a sharp angle shot that hit Bouchard in front and then dropped to his feet where he was able to sweep the puck behind Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary took advantage of an early defensive lap in taking a 1-0 lead 2:47 into the game.

Iginla sent a short pass to Glencross cruising through the slot, and Glencross continued to the net untouched where he sent a high backhand into the top corner.

It was the first goal for the Flames against Minnesota on home ice in over 128 minutes.

Kiprusoff made 29 saves for the Flames after giving up nine goals in his previous two starts, while Harding made 28 saves for the Wild.

Notes: Minnesota continues to lead the Northwest Division by three points over Vancouver, despite being mired in its worst slump of the season. The Wild wrap up a three-game road trip Thursday night in Edmonton. ... Each team was also missing some key players. Minnesota captain and leading scorer Mikko Koivu (leg) missed his third game. Devin Setoguchi (knee) and Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are also out. Calgary has five players on injured reserve and were also without Rene Bourque as he served the first game of his two-game suspension for his hit Sunday on Chicago's Brent Seabrook. ... Jokinen's assist extends his points streak to four games (three goals, four assists). ??? Minnesota D Justin Falk (chest) was back in uniform after missing the past 11 games.

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