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Iginla gone Wild

Calgary Flames centre Daymond Langkow, left, congratulates linemate Jarome Iginla after the captain...

Calgary Flames centre Daymond Langkow, left, congratulates linemate Jarome Iginla after the captain scored in the second period -- his first of two on the evening -- which helped pace the home side to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild last night. (Calgary Sun/Jim Wells)

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Secondary scoring wasn't coming from the Calgary Flames supporting cast so Jarome Iginla took matters into his own hands.

Iginla scored twice to give the Flames a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a sellout crowd of 19,289 at the Saddledome and end a three-game losing skid.

"It feels good, winning at home, scoring," said Iginla. "It always feels good winning, especially with the importance of this game trying to start the homestand off right."

While Chuck Kobasew, Shean Donovan, Marcus Nilson and Steve Reinprecht were kept off the board -- all called out by Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter Monday -- the usual suspects handed the Flames their fifth win of the season and avenged a 6-3 loss to the Wild in Minnesota on opening night.

Kobasew said revenge for that first game was on their minds.

"In the back of the mind, we remembered what they did to us in their building," said the speedy forward.

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff wasn't tested much in the first two periods but was great in the third to earn the shutout.

Meanwhile, rookie defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who Sutter said has been the team's best player so far this season, was rewarded for putting the puck toward the net.

He set up Iginla's first goal with a soft wrister six minutes into the third period. Iginla was able to tip the puck past goaltender Manny Fernandez.

"It's no secret anytime you can get pucks to the net with traffic, good things do happen," said Phaneuf. "I just tried to get to the middle and snap it through."

The Wild netminder played a strong game but was unlucky on both Flames scores.

Phaneuf opened the scoring late in the first period with a low shot that may have been tipped by a Wild defenceman before finding space between Fernandez's pads.

"Not all the time (will it be) a heavy shot, you've just got to snap it through," said Phaneuf.

That powerplay marker with just 39.5 seconds on the clock was Phaneuf's third of the year and second with the man advantage.

It was the only goal of the first period but the Flames had a number of great scoring chances.

Kobasew used his speed to circle behind Wild defenceman Brent Burns and cut in front of Fernandez but couldn't lift the backhand attempt over the netminder's sliding body.

Stephane Yelle and Andrew Ference both sent shots wide. Iginla set up centre Daymond Langkow during a promising rush but Langkow barely got his stick on the puck before tripping over a defender.

Reinprecht also dropped a nifty no-look pass to Donovan at the side of the net but the play was broken up before any damage could be done.

The teams battled through a scoreless second period, with a couple of fights providing heat while the Enmax flamethrowers that go off after the Flames score remained dormant.

First, Jason Wiemer squared off against Wild blueliner Scott Ferguson in Minnesota's zone when the Flames forward took exception to the way he was treated around the opposition net.

Steve Montador and Calgarian Kyle Wanvig also attempted a scrap. The two dropped their gloves as the puck dropped to Miikka Kiprusoff's left but quickly fell to the ice.

Tony Amonte, who paced his team with three shots in the middle period, buzzed around Fernandez in the opening minutes but couldn't end his goal drought, which was extended to five games.

Kiprusoff finished with 23 saves for his second shutout, while Fernandez stopped 21.


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