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Red-hot Iginla scores, adds two assists as Flames burn Oilers 4-1

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CALGARY - Jarome Iginla is on fire and so are the Calgary Flames.

Iginla continued his red-hot play Saturday, notching the go-ahead goal and adding two assists as the Calgary Flames rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Tied 1-1 in the second period, the familiar duo of Iginla and Daymond Langkow collaborated on the decisive goal at 9:21. Langkow carried the puck around the Oilers net and found Iginla in the slot with a perfect backhanded pass through a maze of sticks and the Flames captain snapped a quick shot past Dwayne Roloson.

"We had a good game as a team," said Iginla, who has racked up five goals and 11 points in a five-game scoring streak. "Right from the start of the game, I thought we were really going."

Kristian Huselius, Dion Phaneuf, and Adrian Aucoin also scored for Calgary (4-2-2). The Flames have earned points in five straight games (4-0-1) and have begun their season-long seven-game homestand with two consecutive wins.

Rookie centre Sam Gagner scored his first NHL goal for Edmonton (3-5-0). The Oilers have lost five of their last six.

It remained a one-goal game until the final five minutes when Calgary connected twice with the man advantage to salt the game away.

Edmonton's power-play continued to limp along, going 0-for-6 and falling to a dismal 1-for-33 for the season.

Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish described the last of the six chances squandered late in the third period as the most frustrating. It was followed shortly after by Phaneuf's goal at 15:23 that put the Flames up 3-1.

"We played a decent second period and we started off in the first half of the third period very well too. Then we had a good opportunity on the power-play and we made some idiotic decisions on our breakouts, bringing the puck out into traffic, totally out of synch," said MacTavish. "On the next shift, they get a power-play and they get it in the back of the net and the game from that point was effectively over."

Gagner acknowledged that with so many new faces, it's going to take time to get used to each other. The loss of defenceman Sheldon Souray (shoulder) for the next 4-6 months isn't going to help.

"Chemistry on a power-play is important and we have a lot of new faces, even veteran guys that were traded here or picked up through free agency. It's going to take some time and it's a work in progress but it will come around," Gagner said.

Meanwhile, Calgary was a potent 3-for-7 with the extra man including Huselius' goal at 1:01 of the first as the Flames took advantage of Dustin Penner's penalty nine seconds into the game.

"Being able to draw the power play on the opening shift and then get that early power play goal was a big boost for us," said Iginla. "They got themselves back into it but I thought we stuck with it. Our PK was very good. We just kept pushing."

Calgary applied tremendous pressure early running up a 9-1 edge on the shot clock at one point, but Roloson was excellent. The most spectacular stop of the early barrage was an acrobatic toe save off David Moss, denying the Flames forward of what appeared to be a sure goal.

The Oilers pulled even at 13:34 of the first. Matt Greens shot from the blue-line didn't get through a crowd in front of the net but Shawn Horcoff knocked the puck to the side, where Gagner quickly fired it into the open side before Miikka Kiprusoff could slide across.

Roloson finished with 30 saves. Kiprusoff was less busy with just 17 stops but included was a critical stop on Raffi Torres' breakaway in the second that would have tied the game.

The Battle of Alberta lived up to its billing in the second period with a pair of spirited fights between the two provincial rivals.

With no goals and just one assist, free agent signing Owen Nolan has been a disappointment offensively for the Flames but he drew a loud ovation from the sell-out crowd of 19,289 when he got the upper hand in a scrap with six-foot-four right-winger Zack Stortini.

"We've played against (Nolan) for a long time. Hes always been a very, very tough guy and we know from the other side how it is when he gets upset," said Iginla. "From there we really started to get a boost, we started to re-energize because they had pulled back and were pushing us."

Calgary entered the game completely healthy but by the third period, they were down to 10 forwards having lost both Wayne Primeau and Moss to injury.

Primeau hurt an ankle early in the second period. Racing against Edmonton defenceman Matt Greene for a dump in, the two collided and Primeau slid feet first into the end boards and needed to be helped off the ice.

Also in the second, Moss was knocked to the ice heavily when he was blindsided by Torres. He returned briefly but was kept out of the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons.

Notes: Huselius, Iginla, and Langkow have accounted for 18 of Calgarys 29 goals... After recording his 500th career point Thursday night, Langkow reached another milestone with his 300th assist... Dating back to last season, Edmonton C Jarret Stoll has gone 16 games without scoring... Stoll is minus-6 this year, worst on the team. Rookie forwards Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Brodziak lead the team at plus-4... New boards were installed last week at the Pengrowth Saddledome and as exhibited on a carom that led to the Huselius goal, they appear to be producing livelier rebounds.

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