Flames outlast Wild for 2-1 win at the Saddledome


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Calgary Flames- Jarome Iginla, Scott Hannan, Derek Smith, Olli Jokinen, Curtis Glencross

Iggy's 497th goal: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal

Jarome Iginla scored his 497th career goal in the second period and added an assist on Curtis Glencross’ first period goal to lead the Flames to a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild tonight. It seems that Iggy likes playing the Wild as he has scored 33 career goals against the Wild, more than any other NHL player.

The Flames outworked, out-skated and out-hustled a tired and beaten Wild team tonight. They won puck battles that they may have lost a month ago, and found the puck on their sticks at times that it may have jumped over their sticks earlier in the season.

The win was definitely a big one for the Flames who are now 2-1 against Minnesota this season and remain a constant .500 team with 34 points in 34 games. They are slightly ahead of their point pace from last season and are looking good now that their captain is heating up.

Jarome Iginla is nearing his 500th career goal and seems to be on a mission to make this happen in 2011. In his last 10 games he has 6 goals and has added 8 assists. Pretty soon we’ll be seeing the dancing Iggy up on the scoreboard with a big fat number 500 next to him. The big question is when, not if.

The Wild put up a valiant effort for a team that has recently suffered some major losses due to injury. Just under four minutes after Glencross opened the scoring for the Flames, they countered with a goal from Pierre-Marc Bouchard. But it was the only time they managed to beat Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped 29 of 30 shots for his 15th win of the season.

Though it was a great win for the Flames tonight, the game truly belonged to “the dancing fan” who did his best to pump up the fans at the ‘Dome. He was all over Twitter tonight, and made an appearance on the Enmax Energy Board. In case you missed it, check out this video from calgaryflames.com:

The Flames have one day to rest before hosting Detroit on Thursday and then heading to Vancouver on Friday.

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

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