Iginla scored twice, and the Calgary Flames rode three
power-play goals in the first period to a 4-1 victory Thursday
night over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Chris Drury assisted on power-play goals by Martin Gelinas,
Stephane Yelle and Iginla, who added an empty-netter in the final
minute of the game. It was the first two-goal game of the season
for last season's NHL goal-scoring leader.
"When you look at teams streaking, usually their power play and
penalty killing are going really well,'' Iginla said. "Our penalty
killing has been real solid, we just need our power play to
continue like that. Games are so tight now, the difference can be
one goal either way.''
The Flames were 1-for-34 over the last nine games before their
"At some point, your special teams need to win you hockey
games,'' said Darryl Sutter, who improved to 2-0-1 since taking
over as Flames coach last Saturday. Calgary is 12-18-6-3 overall.
Entering the game ranked last in the NHL in goals for and
third-to-last on the power play, Calgary scored three time in the
first period for the first time this season.
"For some reason our penalty killing, which had been pretty
good, just didn't get the job done,'' Lightning assistant coach
Craig Ramsey said.
Goaltender Roman Turek made 25 saves in his 19th consecutive
start to improve to 10-13-5.
"We came out strong but their power-play definitely killed
us,'' St. Louis said. "Down three goals after the first period,
it's tough to play catch-up hockey in this league.''
Calgary opened the scoring 2:59 in. Drury's slap shot from the
blue line was stopped by Nikolai Khabibulin, but the rebound went
straight to Gelinas at the side, and he hit an open net.
A gritty individual effort by Yelle led to the Flames' second
goal just over two minutes later. Yelle was stopped by Khabibulin
on a wraparound attempt, but he continued to fight for the puck in
a scramble and was able to whack a backhander over the fallen
Calgary made it 3-0 at 18:10 when Drury set up Iginla.
The Lightning ruined Turek's shutout bid early in the third
period when St. Louis jammed in a rebound on a power play.
Khabibulin entered the game with a 14-1-2 career record
against the Flames and a goals-against average of 1.97. ... Calgary
C Rob Niedermayer is expected to return to the lineup Saturday
night after missing 11 games with a knee injury. ... Flames C
Mattias Johansson did not dress after suffering a head injury
against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. His spot was taken
by Scott Nichol, coming off a five-game suspension.