Iggy not quite done yet

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

Jarome Iginla is proud of the accomplishment.

He's excited to have reached the point where he's truly among the elite in Calgary Flames history.

However, the Flames captain doesn't believe his 300th goal and 600th point is anywhere near the finish line.

"It's cool. Each game, I wasn't trying to get to 300, it was something there but I was trying to focus on the game," Iginla said a day after reaching both those milestones in a 3-2 shootout loss to Minnesota. "I'd like to keep going and go higher. I'm thankful I have hit 300 and 600 points and played 10 years here in Calgary with very good players and in offensive situations but it's kinda hard when other guys are in league have hit 500 and 600 (goals). Right beside me, Tony (Amonte) has hit 400. Those are huge accomplishments and I'd like to keep going like Tony and them."

Before long, Iginla will also move up another rung on the ladder in team history. He needs 16 points to tie recently-retired Joe Nieuwendyk -- the man Calgary traded to Dallas for Iginla -- for third spot all-time. Iginla also needs 14 goals to equal Nieuwendyk for second spot and two assists to be alongside him for seventh.

And having collected 15 goals and 15 assists this season, Iginla is certainly having one of his strongest seasons. His 30 points puts him 21st in the NHL scoring race going into last night.

In fact, it's the second best start to the season in his career -- the best being the 2001-02 season which he finished atop the league with 52 goals and 96 points, worth the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies.

"That felt pretty good, too," he said with a grin.

But, heading into tonight's home game against the Vancouver Canucks (8 p.m., CBC, FAN 960), he's not completely happy with how the season has transpired.

Iginla's offensive numbers has him climbing the charts -- he's only six goals back of league-leader Brendan Shanahan -- but his goal going into the season was that his line be among the best in the league.

Seeing as Daymond Langkow is currently riding a seven-game point streak and Alex Tanguay is nearly at a point-per-game pace after a disappointing opening month, it would be easy to think Iginla's hope has become reality.

Guess again.

"I don't think we're there yet," he said. "You look at some lines and they're higher scoring and their plusses are probably better.

"But we're coming. We're getting chances and had some good nights but we're ready for a breakthrough night, when we have three goals as a line, four.

"The potential's there. We're trying and it's getting better."

So is the fun factor for Iginla and Co. One thing that plagued the team last season was the lack of enjoyment with their job.

Making every day more enjoyable -- while still putting the nose to the grindstone -- was an objective before the puck dropped and Iginla insists he and his teammates haven't wavered from that aim.

"It's been a challenge and it's tough to win games, there's a lot of good teams, but after the slow start, we hung in there and remained positive and everybody's picked it up and is playing better than at the beginning of the season."

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(Flames all-time leaders and where Jarome Iginla stands among them):

points

Player GP Pts

Fleury 791 830

MacInnis 803 822

Nieuwendyk 577 616

Iginla 734 600

goal

Player GP G

Fleury 791 364

Nieuwendyk 577 314

Iginla 734 300

assists

Player GP A

MacInnis 803 609

Fleury 791 460

Suter 617 437

Chouinard 514 336

Reinhart 517 335

Nilsson 425 333

Nieuwendyk 577 302

Iginla 734 300



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