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Calgary extends point streak to nine games

12/6/2003

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Jarome Iginla's late goal kept the
Calgary Flames rolling.

Iginla scored with 22.8 seconds remaining in regulation to lift
the Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on
Friday night.

Shean Donovan also scored for Calgary, which has earned points
in nine straight games (6-0-1-2).

"So far in this stretch, there's been a lot of close games that
we've been finding ways to win," said Iginla, who has four goals
in the past three games.

Calgary took advantage of a line change by the Wild that left the left side of the ice open, and Oleg Saprykin moved into the Minnesota zone and unloaded a slap shot from the dot. Manny Fernandez stopped the shot, but Iginla was there to score on the rebound.

"I don't think it was a bad line change; guys were tired and
they had to come off and one [defenseman] stayed on," Minnesota
coach Jacques Lemaire said. "The mistake we made was we didn't
rush the guy with the puck. We let him shoot on the net, and they
got the rebound. If we're more aggressive and we rush the shooter,
there wouldn't have been a goal."

Pascal Dupuis scored for Minnesota, which lost for the first
time in 47 games (42-1-4) when leading after two periods, a streak
that dated to March 5, 2002.

Donovan scored his eighth of the season and extended his
goal-scoring streak to five games. That run matches Detroit's Brett Hull for the longest such streak in the league this season.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves for Calgary and improved to 5-1
in six starts. He has allowed just one goal in each of the five
victories.

On Donovan's tying goal 1:43 into the third period, Calgary
defenseman Andrew Ference carried the puck behind the Wild net
before eventually centering it. Donovan outmuscled a defender and
swept a backhand past falling Fernandez, whose shutout streak ended
at 128:08.

Dupuis opened the scoring 1:54 in, and Minnesota held the lead
for nearly 40 minutes before Donovan scored the equalizer.

The Wild have just eight goals in their past seven games, winning just
once in that span (1-5-1).

"When you've only scored one goal in the last four or five
games here, it's difficult to win games in this league," Minnesota
center Wes Walz said.

Game notes
Calgary D Toni Lydman sat out after injuring his shoulder
Thursday night in Vancouver. Lydman is listed as day-to-day. ...
Minnesota RW Brent Burns returned to the lineup after missing two
games with the flu ... Calgary LW Dean McAmmond played in his 600th
NHL game.