Iginla had two goals and two assists, tying a career high with four points, and the Flames earned a franchise-record 10th straight home victory by beating the Wild 5-2 Tuesday night.
“In the standings, it was a big win, and as far as the streak goes at home, Calgary’s had some very good teams so it’s cool to be part of that record,” Iginla said.
Iginla scored in his sixth consecutive game to move into a third-place tie in the NHL with 18 goals. Iginla has seven goals and six assists during his scoring streak.
“He’s got all the tools to be the best power forward in the game, and the way he’s playing right now, there’s nobody that plays that role any better,” said linemate Alex Tanguay, who had a goal and two assists.
After snapping in Daymond Langkow’s pass with 56 seconds left in the first period to give Calgary a 2-1 lead, Iginla added his second of the night in the opening minute of the second frame to make it 3-1.
Robyn Regehr’s long pass from his own end found Iginla open down the right side. Iginla moved in and fired a high shot from a sharp angle over Manny Fernandez’s blocker and just inside the far goal post.
“It felt good. As a line, we hadn’t had a night like that all year,” Iginla said.
He set up goals by Dion Phaneuf and Langkow later in the second as the Flames built a 5-1 lead after two periods. It was Iginla’s seventh four-point game and first since Feb. 23, 2003.
“He was obviously on fire,” said Langkow, Iginla’s center on the top line. “That one pass he made to me – behind the back, no look, and it went right on my tape.”
Tanguay had his first three-point night with the Flames. Langkow, with two points, extended his scoring streak to nine games (3 goals, 10 assists).
“Their first four or five shifts of the game, they were ready to go to work and they were ready to lead the way,” Flames coach Jim Playfair said. “That was really important and they got rewarded for it as the game went on.”
Fernandez started for the Wild but was replaced by Niklas Backstrom after Phaneuf’s goal at 3:35 of the second made it two goals on two shots in the period. Fernandez surrendered four goals on 13 shots, and Backstrom finished with 15 saves.
“They always seem to play well here and they’re a confident team when they’re playing at home,” Wild defenseman Brent Burns said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to beat them here.”
Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 24 shots to improve to 15-9-2.
Despite being outplayed territorially in the early going, Minnesota drew even 1-1 at 6:45 of the first with a short-handed goal. Dupuis knocked the puck away from Phaneuf inside the Wild blue line and darted in alone on Kiprusoff, scoring on a deke to his backhand.
“Even when it was 1-1, we were not close to being in the game,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. “We weren’t skating and it was a matter of time, you could see it. They are a good team, they skate, they work, and if you don’t work and skate you have no chance.”
Tanguay gave Calgary a 1-0 lead on a breakaway 3:05 in. Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz had his attempted dump-in batted out of the air by Roman Hamrlik at the Flames blue line and the puck went right to Tanguay. He raced in on Fernandez and whipped a shot into the top corner.
CGY: Tanguay (7) A: Hamrlik
MIN: Dupuis (7) unassisted
CGY: Iginla (17) A: Langkow, Tanguay
CGY: Iginla (18) A: Regehr
CGY: Phaneuf (7) A: Iginla, Hamrlik
CGY: Langkow (9) Iginla, Tanguay
MIN: White (7) A: Nummelin, Parrish