Final

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, January 23rd
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Flames1
Game 2: Tuesday, January 28th
Flames3Final
Coyotes4
Game 3: Sunday, February 23rd
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Coyotes2
Game 4: Monday, March 24th
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Flames2

Flames 4

(19-30-4, 52 pts)

Coyotes 2

(23-26-4, 58 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 23, 2003

US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

1 2 3 T
CGY 1 2 14
ARI 0 1 12

J. Iginla (Flames - RW): Goals: 4, Assists: 0

L. Nagy (Coyotes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Turek (Flames - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .941

Iginla scores virtually every way possible

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Calgary Flames came to Phoenix with an edge. Jarome Iginla focused his anger on the net.

The 2001-02 NHL MVP scored four times as the Flames snapped a six-game losing streak against Phoenix, beating the Coyotes 4-2 Sunday night.

Iginla put on a clinic, scoring on a power play, short-handed, at even strength and into an empty net as he matched his career high for points with his first four-goal game.

''He scored on all of his opportunities,'' coach Darryl Sutter said. ''All he needed was a penalty shot. I don't know if that ever happened. That's what we pay him all that money for.''

Mario Lemieux did accomplish the feat when he matched Iginla's output and added a penalty-shot goal on Dec. 31, 1988, against New Jersey. It was the first of Lemieux's three career five-goal games.

Iginla, who led the NHL in goals and points last season, has been the subject of trade rumors because of his $7.5 million salary. But he hasn't been distracted, netting 13 of his 28 goals in February. The hat trick was his second in nine games.

''I'm trying to get there,'' Iginla said. ''I thought with about a third of the season left coming into this month there was a lot of hockey left, and the first two-thirds hadn't gone very well.''

It was the 13th four-goal game in Flames' history and the first against Phoenix since current Flames forward Martin Gelinas, playing for Vancouver, had four on Feb. 27, 1997.

Joe Nieuwendyk set a Phoenix franchise opponents' record when he was with Calgary, scoring five against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 11, 1989.

Iginla scored twice unassisted, further spoiling the second return of Phoenix goalie Sean Burke.

Burke, who had 29 saves, came off the injured list Thursday and backed up Brian Boucher on Friday.

He was 4-0 and allowed five goals after coming back from an early-season ankle sprain that damaged ligaments. But Burke sprained his right knee Jan. 3 at Detroit and went back on the injured list for another 19 games.

''I had quite a layoff, and it was my first game-condition that I have had in a long time,'' Burke said. ''It was very disappointing to not get a win or help our team.''

Roman Turek stopped 32 shots for the Flames, allowing power-play goals to Deron Quint and Ladislav Nagy.

Nagy heightened the tension with his goal with 9:36 to play.

The Coyotes had one more power play -- their eighth -- with 4:04 left, but Turek made his last two saves, and Iginla defused the situation when he took a clearing pass from Turek and banked it off the boards and into the net at the other end with a minute remaining.

''This was an accident waiting to happen,'' Coyotes coach Bob Francis said. ''You kind of saw this coming, and our guys just ran out of gas.''

Phoenix was 16-1-4 in 21 games against Calgary, and the Flames' anger was evident from the start.

There were two fights in the first 25 seconds, and Iginla scored his first goal 6:43 in.

He scored on a wrist shot after Phoenix's Kelly Buchberger stopped the puck with his glove, but left it in the slot for Calgary's All-Star.

Quint tied it 1:11 into the second period, lifting a rebound over Turek's shoulder, but Iginla sent the Flames to a 2-1 lead just 1:16 later when he scooped the puck under the crossbar while skating across the crease.

He made it 3-1 with 6:39 left in the second, turning defense into offense again by stealing the puck from Ramzi Abid and firing a wrist shot past Burke's stick side from just inside the circle.

''We've played some good games, but we couldn't find a way to win,'' said Turek, who allowed three goals in eight shots when Phoenix beat the Flames 7-1 on Jan. 23. ''I'm so glad it happened tonight. They crushed us in the Saddledome.''

Game notes


Iginla has 19 goals and three games of at least three goals since New Year's Day. ... Sixteen of Iginla's 52 goals last season came on power plays. This one was his ninth. ... Quint played his 400th game. ... The defeat snapped Phoenix's five-game unbeaten streak. ... Burke (5-4) has missed 48 games.

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