834 and Counting

Iginla flies fast Fleury on all-time points list

Sunday, 01.03.2009 / 11:16 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

Jarome Iginla made history in the Calgary Flames wild 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The captain notched five points, tying a career high, to push himself up to 834 career points, giving him sole ownership of top spot on the Flames all-time points list.

"It means a lot to me and my family," said Iginla after the game. "To get it at home was special to me. The crowd was great and my teammates were really good. It's cool but unfortunately tonight didn't go the way we wanted."

Iginla described the feeling of reaching the milestone as surreal.

"It's something that's weird. You pinch yourself."

While Theoren Fleury was unable to attend tonight's historic game due to a charity event, Iginla did see the former Flame recently.

"I saw Theo just the other day. I talked to him for sure when he was down," Iginla said. "I remember when he got it (830 points). We were very excited for him. Things go by fast and when I was watching I wasn't thinking 'Oh you know, maybe one day...'. It just kind of happened. I appreciate the chance to play with him and see that up close."

He also reached 400 career goals in the game, something he never envisioned when he started playing.

"When you start you don't really think of those terms, you play. You just try to have a good year."

Iginla tied Fleury's record of 830 points during the first frame. With Lukas Krajicek in the box for interference, Calgary's power play went to work. Mike Cammalleri snapped it on net and Iginla was there with David Moss to dig at the rebound and bury it. The power play goal came at 15:44.

The Flames first tally of the night was Iginla's 25th on the year.

It looked as if Iginla had broke the record mid-way through the second period when Craig Conroy scored his 7th of the year. The captain had passed it over the Dion Phaneuf who had sent a hard shot on net. Conroy deflected the shot for the goal. The only assist was credited to Phaneuf at the time so the hunt was still on.

Iginla hit the 831 mark at when he assisted on Cammalleri's power play goal. Iginla made a quick pass to Moss who sent the puck over to a waiting Cammalleri. The goal came at 13:02 of the second period.

The C of Red exploded in the loudest applause the Dome has heard this season when Iginla was announced as the franchise's leading points getter. Chants of "Iggy! Iggy!" broke out right after the intial roar died down.

Shortly after Iginla was credited with the assist on the Cammalleri goal it was announced the captain was also credited with an assist on Craig Conroy's goal. The helper on Conroy's goal is the record breaking point.

He found out via his teammates after Conroy scored the goal.

"Cammy told me. He said he didn't touch that one was deflected out to Dion," Iginla smiled. "I wasn't picky. I was excited to get it and to be able to get it at home. I wasn't too picky about it being a real nice one or anything like that."

With the Flames trailing by a goal going into the final period, Iginla picked up his second goal of the night and 400th of his career. He snapped a hard shot past Mike McKenna 14 seconds into the third period.

Iginla picked up his fifth point of the evening when he assisted on Todd Bertuzzi's power play goal late in the third period. The goal put the Flames within one but they were unable to put anything past McKenna in the last two minutes of the game.

"It was one of those nights. As a group of players we know that we let one get away from us. We should have been better but unfortunately we werent tonight," Iginla told the media. "It definitely was a different night."

While he was happy to beat Fleury's record, the big thing on his mind - and the rest of team's minds- is the Cup.

"I'm very thankful for the years I've played and to be able to score the goals and points. It's been a lot of fun but a Stanley Cup is absolutely what we want as a team. Its exactly what were shooting for. It feels good with this team, we're getting better."

Warren Peters skated in his second career NHL game. He was recalled from the Quad City Flames on Saturday to replace Brandon Prust. Prust likely suffered a concussion when he took an elbow to the head from Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard.

Peters played his first NHL game with the Flames on Dec. 7 against the New York Rangers. He recorded no points and had an even rating. In tonight's match he had 7:17 of ice time and had a -1 rating.

For a second time in the past week actress Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott were spotted at the Dome. They were good sports both nights, appearing on the Jumbotron's Smooch Cam and talking with Steve Strachan during TV timeouts. McDermott is reportedly filming in the area.

THE NUMBERS GAME

834
- Career points for Jarome Iginla

400 - Career goals for Jarome Iginla

4 - Straight games Dion Phaneuf has points in

2 - Goals in two games for Jamie Lundmark

6:41 - How long it took for Tampa to get their first shot on net

3 - Times Miikka Kiprusoff has been pulled this season

3 - Power play goals allowed by the Flames

OUR THREE STARS
1) Iginla
2) Cammalleri
3) Conroy

THE BIG SAVE
Curtis McElhinney was on his game when sniper Martin St. Louis came streaking in all alone. St. Louis wired a hard shot at McElhinney but the Flames netminder got his blocker on it to make the save.

THE BIG HIT
In the first two minutes of the game Dion Phaneuf gave rookie Steven Stamkos his first introduction to the Saddledome boards. Stamkos has trying to circle behind the Flames net when the blueliner lined him up and slammed into the glass. About eight minutes later Stamkos was hit in the exact same spot by Jim Vandermeer.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST
The two key points in the loss were goaltending and defensive breakdowns. For the first time in a long time Miikka Kiprusoff looked very off of his game. Curtis McElhinney came in at the start of the third period and while he looked decent, he did let in two goals on the penalty kill. The Flames defense, both on the penalty kill and even strength, showed holes all night.

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Flames power play was able to capitalize on two chances with the man advantage. The Tampa penalty kill is ranked 18th in the NHL and it wasn't looking great all night. The Flames penalty kill, usually excellent, did surrender three power play goals on the night. The unusual lapses were due to defensive breakdowns that saw key players like Vincent Lecavalier left unmanned.

THE ROSTER
Injured players include Daymond Langkow (wrist), Mark Giordano (shoulder), Rene Bourque (ankle), Andre Roy (concussion) and Brandon Prust (concussion). Rhett Warrener (shoulder) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are out indefinitely.

UP NEXT:The Calgary Flames embark on a seven-game road trip. They kick off their East Coast swing in Ottawa on Tuesday. Game time is 5:30 p.m. on Flames PPV & The FAN 960