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Iginla gets assist, goal in draw with Predators

1/17/2003

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Calgary Flames coach Darryl Sutter has
been pleading with Jarome Iginla to get more involved.

Sutter got what he wanted.

Iginla assisted on one goal and scored the tying goal as Calgary
tied the Nashville Predators 2-2 Thursday night, ending a four-game
losing streak. Iginla almost won the game in overtime on a clear
breakaway, then incited a mini brawl in the Nashville end with two
seconds left.

"That's his job,'' said Sutter. "He's got to get involved. He
was even better in Toronto (a 3-2 loss Tuesday). He's got to
continue to build on it.''

Iginla, named to the Western Conference all-star earlier in the
night, tied the game at 4:58 of the third period -- 16 seconds after
Nashville had gone up 2-1. Iginla fended off Bill Houlder at the
Nashville blue-line, went around Rem Murray in the slot and tucked
the puck past goalie Tomas Vokoun from close-in.

The defending scoring champion had a chance to win the game in
overtime, but he couldn't beat Vokoun on a breakaway.

"I was fortunate as the puck was almost poked away and then I
was able to score five-hole,'' Iginla said of his first goal. "It
happens once in a while when the ice is there.

"I wish I was able to do that in overtime instead of shooting
into his chest.''

Moments after being stopped in overtime, Iginla knocked Vokoun
down which started a fight. After Vokoun and Iginla traded blows,
Flames goalie Jamie McLennan skated the length of the ice and took
on his counterpart.

"I didn't mean to hit the goalie by any means, I was just
playing the puck,'' Iginla said. "He lunged and I lunged and
accidentally got him pretty hard.''

Vokoun had left the net to play the puck when the two collided.

"I went to swat the puck to the side and I got hit and I
figured I have to stand up for myself, you don't hit the goalie
without the puck like that,'' Vokoun said.

Adam Hall's power-play goal had given Nashville its second
one-goal lead of the night at 4:42 of the third period. Vladimir
Orszagh also scored for the Predators, who are winless in three
(0-2-1-0).

Iginla set up Peter Buzek's goal at 15:40 of the second period
which tied the game, 1-1.

McLennan stopped 28 shots while Vokoun made 17 saves.

Game notes
Dave Lowry was in the lineup for the Flames after being
recalled Monday from Saint John of the AHL where the 37-year-old
former Calgary captain has spent the entire season. ... Nashville
was without RW Scott Walker who hurt his knee Tuesday night in
Vancouver. D Karlis Skrastins suffered a bruised foot in the same
game but did play to extend his consecutive games streak to 232
games, the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL.