4-goal first period leads Flames to win over Devils


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Calgary Flames Curtis Glencross scores on Johan Hedberg

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh

The Calgary Flames jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead and hung on for a 6-3 win against the visiting New Jersey Devils tonight. It was a fitting win to top off a night that celebrated Jarome Iginla’s 500th NHL goal in a pre-game ceremony with Lanny McDonald and Craig Conroy.

Calgary’s captain assisted on Jay Bouwmeester’s opening goal, then added another assist on Curtis Glencross’ 3-0 goal just before fighting Adam Henrique in response to a big (but clean) hit. To complete the Gordie Howe hat trick, Iggy added an insurance goal for the Flames in the 3rd period. Iggy’s 501st NHL goal made it 6-3 and gave the Flames the buffer they needed to seal the win and take the two points.

Sean Kelso, Media Relations for the Calgary Flames, sent this tweet shortly after Iggy’s goal:
Iginla with his 10th Gordie Howe hat trick

The fight wasn’t the biggest fight of his career, but it did allow the Flames to maintain their momentum through the end of the first period. Henrique caught Iggy looking the other way and hit him with a solid bodycheck. Glencross got up in Henrique’s face, and after a bit of roughing, he stepped back to allow Jarome to fight for himself. No stranger to fighting, Iggy laid a few punches on Henrique before the youngster ended the fight early by clinging onto Iginla and dropping to the ice.

The Flames also had goals from Cory Sarich, TJ Brodie and Lee Stempniak. Their 4-goal lead was narrowed a couple times by the Devils, who mounted a lot of pressure during the 2nd and 3rd periods. Calgary only managed a total of 6 shots on goal in the final two frames.

New Jersey’s goals came from Ilya Kovalchuk, Adam Henrique and Zack Parise. I hadn’t seen Henrique play much before and I was very impressed by him. He is definitely making a name for himself in his rookie season and has 13 goals and 32 points. He can also now tell his grandchildren that he got a Gordie Howe hat trick in the NHL by fighting Jarome Iginla. That’s no small potatoes.

The win was the 7th in a row at the Saddledome for the Calgary Flames. They host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday and the L.A. Kings on Saturday.

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