Iginla makes history in Flames win
Captain scores 30th on penalty shot
Jarome Iginla made NHL history with this 30th goal and Curtis Glencross scored the game-winner as the Calgary Flames won 3-2 Sunday night over the Nashville Predators.
Iginla's penalty shot goal in the second period, which tied the game 2-2, made the 33-year-old just the 10th player in NHL history to score 30 goals in 10 or more consecutive seasons.
Mike Gartner and Jaromir Jagr, who accomplished it most recently (1991-92 to 2006-07) top the list at 15 consecutive seasons.
- Flames back in 5th
- Kiprusoff makes 34 saves
- Calgary visits Dallas Wednesday
- Preds stuck in 9th-place tie
Others on the list include Phil Esposito, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, Marcel Dionne, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri and Darryl Sittler.
"I definitely feel extremely blessed to hit that and be able to do it 10 years," Iginla said. "It's something that when I started out, I never would have dreamt that."
Iginla had been 0-for-5 in his career on penalty shots at home and 1-for-7 overall.
"I've been working on some moves with Tangs [Alex Tanguay], he's been showing me stuff, and Olli [Jokinen]," Iginla said. "I figured I was going to go in and try a move and fortunately it worked tonight."
Iginla was awarded the penalty shot when he was tugged from behind by Sergei Kostitsyn as he broke in on Pekka Rinne.
"I never dreamt it would be on a penalty shot," Iginla said. "I've had a few of them in front of the fans here at home and I haven't put any penalty shots in at home until that, so that was a treat for me."
On the penalty shot, Iginla cut to his right and slid the puck through Rinne's legs tying the game 2-2.
"I thought that I had it, but he's a good goal scorer for a reason and he put it through me and it was a big goal at the time, for sure," said Rinne.
Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary (35-24-9), which moved into sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference.
Calgary is 15-3-3 in its last 21 games and has been especially hot at the Scotiabank Saddledome, losing just once in regulation in its last 14 (10-1-3).
Midway through the third period, Glencross jammed in a rebound for his 22nd goal to put the Flames into the lead for good.
"We kept trying to get pucks and bodies to the net as much as we could all night," said Glencross. "Olli tried to put it out front and it was sitting there for me and I had an open net."
Martin Erat and Ryan Suter scored for Nashville (33-24-9). The Predators are 2-5-1 in their last eight and sit in a three-way tie with Anaheim and Minnesota for ninth place in the West, one point back of the Los Angeles Kings.
The Flames were helped out elsewhere on Sunday by Anaheim and Minnesota losses.
"This was for sure our biggest game of the year, so right now we're disappointed," Rinne said. "But at least we have a chance to bounce back right away in San Jose."
Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves to improve to 31-20-5.
Kiprusoff's best stops came in a mad scramble in the game's final seconds as the Predators poured on the pressure with Rinne pulled for an extra attacker. With five seconds left, defenceman Shea Weber bombed a slapshot from the blue-line that Kiprusoff sprawled to get a piece of.
Rinne made 20 stops, falling to 0-4-2 in his career versus the Flames, one of only three teams he hasn't beaten.
However, he did his best to keep the Predators in there in a second period in which the Flames outshot the visitors 13-4.
With the crowd still buzzing after Iginla's 30th goal, the Calgary veteran sent a perfect pass across to Alex Tanguay on a 2-on-1, but Rinne got a pad out on Tanguay's shot from the slot.
Erat, the most dangerous player on the ice in the first period, opened the scoring at 2:47, knocking in a rebound after Kiprusoff kicked out a pad to deny rookie Jonathon Blum.
Giordano tied it at 7:15 on the power play on a bizarre goal. The defenceman's shot hit a Predator stick, fluttered into the air, went off Nashville's Shea Weber, then in off the post.
The Predators regained the lead at 15:58 when Erat sent a pass to Suter, who picked the top corner with from the blue-line that went through traffic.