The 2001-02 NHL MVP scored four times as the Flames snapped a
six-game losing streak against Phoenix, beating the Coyotes 4-2
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.
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.''
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
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.''
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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Arena: US Airways Center Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Rob Shick Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich
Attendance: 14,241 (87.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jarome Iginla (24)
(Power Play) Unassisted
Deron Quint (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Teppo Numminen, Ladislav Nagy
Jarome Iginla (26)
Assists: Craig Conroy, Martin Gelinas
Jarome Iginla (26)
Ladislav Nagy (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Johnson, Teppo Numminen
Jarome Iginla (27)
(Empty Net) Assist: Roman Turek