GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- If Jarome Iginla wants to be considered
an elite captain, playing like he did Saturday night against the
Phoenix Coyotes is a good place to start.
Jarome Iginla scored two goals in the Flames' 6-3 win over the Coyotes, giving him 20 goals in Calgary's 30 games this season. It's the fourth time that a Flames player has scored 20 or more goals in the team's first 30 games of a season. Iginla set the franchise high with 23 goals in Calgary's first 30 games in 2001-02, and Lanny McDonald (1982-83) and Joe Nieuwendyk (1988-89) each had 20 goals at the 30-game mark.
Iginla scored two goals and assisted on two others and the
Calgary Flames downed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3.
"Jarome's focus is to be top captain in this league," said
Flames coach Jim Playfair. "To be a top captain, you need to be a
top player in leading your team. That's his focus."
The four-point performance tied a career best for Iginla, who
had a four-point game earlier this season against Minnesota. Iginla
set a personal mark of four points in one game against Phoenix on
Feb. 23, 2003.
The Flames took the lead late in the opening period when Iginla
knocked in a rebound of a Dion Phaneuf shot from the left point at
The Flames increased their lead to 2-0 early in the middle
period when Alex Tanguay fired into an open net with Phoenix goal
Mikael Telleqvist out of position.
Phoenix answered with two goals within 3½ minutes.
The Flames regained the lead when Daymond Langkow scored on a
power-play goal, grabbing a rebound from Richie Regehr's shot from
the right point at 10:06. On the play, Telleqvist lost his stick
and was caught in a tangle of players in front of the Coyotes net.
Langkow also had three assists in the game.
Iginla added his second tally of the game, and 20th of the
season, with a two-man advantage when he fired in a 20-foot wrist
shot from the slot at 7:12 of the final period.
"I thought we stood up pretty well against (the Iginla,
Langkow, Tanguay line)," said Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris.
"Seems like they just find ways to win battles. It was that one
line that beat us."
The Coyotes drew within one at 4-3 when Travis Roche crashed the
slot, knocking in a drive off the stick of Oleg Saprykin at 14:55
for his first NHL goal.
Calgary responded when Bryon Ritchie drove in a rebound at 15:50
to up the Flames' lead to 5-3.
"When they tied he game, we dug a little deeper," said
Ritchie. "Our big line came up with a big goal when they tied it,
and that got us going."
Iginla's final assist came on an empty-net goal from the Flames'
Tony Amonte in the final minute.
It was the fourth loss in the last five games for Phoenix.
"Iginla was the best player on the ice, and he was the
difference," said Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky. "With the effort
he gives on each and every shift and in every game, and when you
have that much skill, you're going to have benefits."
Day-to-day with a groin strain, Phoenix goalie Curtis
Joseph is two wins behind Jacques Plante for fifth place all time
with 435 wins. Just ahead is Terry Sawchuk with 447. ... Attendance
was listed as 15,551, and the Coyotes have not sold out a home game