PHOENIX -- If Wayne Gretzky had any reservations about Jarome Iginla's inclusion to Canada's Olympic team, what he saw firsthand last night leaves little doubt.
In Iginla's most dominant performance this season, he scored once -- converting a penalty shot for the first time in his career -- and assisted on two others to lead the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at the Glendale Arena.
To complete the Gordie Howe hat-trick, Iginla wailed on Keith Ballard late in the contest in a one-sided fight.
Had it not been for Coyotes netminder Curtis Joseph and his 39 saves, the score would have been staggeringly one-sided.
"Their entire team kept coming at us. Their forecheck was strong," coach Gretzky said.
"Four-three flattered us. It could have been 7-2."
Joseph, whose all-time record against Calgary is now 26-9-3, was doing his best to hold the fort and prevent the Flames from extending their winning streak to five games.
But when Iginla capitalized on his penalty shot early in the third period -- he had missed four previously in his career, including one on Joseph -- the end result was signed and sealed. Iginla came slowly down the ice before ripping a stick-side snapshot past the beleaguered Joseph.
"Getting the penalty shot, it was sure nice to see it go in, being my first in five," Iginla said. "I didn't really make up my mind until the end, I was thinking maybe top glove. Maybe I should have something in my head being one-for-five."
With the win, the Flames improve to 9-7-2. Head coach Darryl Sutter was pleased with his whole team, not just his superstar.
"I think our team was good. Any win on the road is not about one player, that's for sure," he said.
It took less than two minutes to see Calgary was on top of its game. With Phoenix assessed a too-many-men penalty, Tony Amonte sent the biscuit back to Robyn Regehr on the point and the hulking defenceman unloaded a slapshot past Joseph for his first goal of the season.
The edge was short-lived when former Flame Oleg Saprykin attempted a crossing pass that Calgary's Roman Hamrlik inadvertently redirected past 'tender Philippe Sauve.
Calgary regained the lead before the opening period ended when Chuck Kobasew buried a rebound.
Iginla then collected his second helper of the night, setting up Steve Reinprecht for another powerplay marker just before the game's midway point.
Mike Johnson and Ladislav Nagy also scored for Phoenix.
Sauve recorded 20 saves to collect his first victory as a Flame.