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With the Calgary Flames playing well, captain Jarome Iginla's personal achievements appear to take on even greater importance.

Iginla has the opportunity to tie Theoren Fleury as the franchise's all-time scoring leader Sunday night, when the streaking Flames conclude their three-game homestand against the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning.

Calgary (37-18-6) stretched its Northwest Division lead to 10 points by securing its fourth straight victory Friday night, 4-1 over Minnesota.

Michael Cammalleri scored twice to increase his team-high goal total to 32, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 15 saves for his league-leading 37th win to help the Flames improve to 7-0-2 since a season-high four-game slide.

Iginla has also been surging along with his team, with four goals and five assists in his last seven contests. He assisted on Cammalleri's first goal Friday, giving him 829 points to move within one of Fleury's mark.

Dealt to Calgary in December 1995 after Dallas made him the 11th overall selection in that year's draft, Iginla recorded his first point while making his NHL debut on a line with Fleury. He set up one of Fleury's two goals in a playoff loss to Chicago on April 21, 1996.

Iginla, who has finished as the Flames' top scorer every season since 2000-01, currently leads them with 43 assists and 67 points. He's already the franchise leader in goals (398) and games played (921).

"I've been blessed in my career to play 12 seasons here," Iginla told the Flames' official Web site. "It gets to be more fun as we continue to improve as a team."

He had a hat trick and added an assist in the last meeting between these teams - a 9-6 Flames win at Tampa Bay on Dec. 13, 2007.

Defenseman Dion Phaneuf had a career-high five assists for the Flames in that contest, while Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal each had three points for the Lightning.

The teams have split two regular-season meetings since the Lightning defeated the Flames in seven games for the 2004 Stanley Cup.

St. Louis and Lecavalier - both holdovers from that championship season - currently lead Tampa Bay with 59 and 50 points, respectively. Their individual success hasn't done much to boost the Lightning's playoff chances, though, as they're tied with Atlanta for last in the Southeast Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference.

Tampa Bay (20-30-12) has dropped the first two contests on its three-game road trip, including a 2-1 loss at Vancouver on Friday night.

"That's typical of what's been going on," said Mark Recchi, who assisted on rookie Steven Stamkos' goal for his 40th point. "You create your own bounces and we haven't played well enough all year to deserve some of them but (Friday night) we did."

Karri Ramo, who's never faced Calgary, finished with 23 saves against Vancouver and is likely to make his fourth consecutive start.

Kiprusoff has been in net for the Flames' last nine contests, posting a 2.06 goals-against average and a shutout in that span. He is 1-1-1 with a 3.95 GAA in three career matchups versus Tampa Bay.

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