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Iginla, Kobasew lift Flames over Blue Jackets

Dec 2, 2006 - 4:49 AM
CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Jarome Iginla used the home-ice advantage to move closer to some career milestones.

Iginla scored his 13th goal of the season and Chuck Kobasew netted his third as the Calgary Flames posted their seventh straight home win, a 2-1 triumph over the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.

A co-winner of the 2004 Maurice Richard Trophy, the 29-year-old Iginla collected his 298th career goal - the third highest total in franchise history. He also needs one assist for 300 and three points to reach 600.

"It was a good third period (that made the difference)," Iginla said. "Fortunately, we were able to come at them shift after shift and have a good push."

Trailing 1-0, the Flames tied the contest at 4:10 of the third period as Iginla took defenseman Robyn Regehr's pass and beat goaltender Pascal Leclaire.

"Fortunately, (Regehr) let a wrist shot go and it hit me right in the side of the leg," Iginla said. "It hurt, but it was sitting right there, so I had time to bang it. It was nice to see it go in."

Just 2:28 later, Kobasew took a shot from the right faceoff circle that hit the goalpost, bounced off Leclaire and trickled toward the goal line. The netminder swiped the puck out of the crease, but it went right to Matthew Lombardi, who set up Kobasew for a wrister that got under the cross bar.

"It was a crazy play," Kobasew said. "They threw it out. Sometimes, refs lose sight of the puck, but we were fortunate enough they didn't blow it down there.

"It's nice to score and help the team get a win. We had a good third period to put us in a situation to get a win."

Columbus took advantage of defenseman Andrei Zyuzin's interference penalty with 28 seconds remaining in the first period as blue-liner Ron Hainsey fired a wrister from inside the blue line that beat netminder Miikka Kiprusoff to the blocker side.

Kiprusoff, who has allowed just six goals in his last seven home games, made 18 saves in winning for the ninth time in 11 contests.

Winless in seven games dating to November 9, Leclaire stopped 29 shots for Columbus, which is 1-9-1 in its last 11 outings.

"The second two periods, we didn't really have any pressure toward their net at all," Hainsey said. "We had a hard time getting into the zone. "They outworked and got us to turn it over. There was no real pressure from us on the power play the last two periods.

"We've had a couple of leads in the past few games and we try to keep the momentum going, but that definitely didn't happen tonight. It seemed like we got halfway up the ice and then turned it over and they'd come right back down our throats. It seemed like we sat back in the third and tried to win 1-0."






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