Changing wings to play with Iggy

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

When Jarome Iginla is on the ice, Chuck Kobasew is usually a spectator.

Both are natural goal-scoring right wingers so, barring the occasional special-teams play, you wouldn't expect to see them charging the net together.

That's what made the teaming of Kobasew, Iginla and centre Steve Reinprecht on the top line Thursday night so special.

Making a switch to the left side, Kobasew finally had a chance to join his captain.

"It's awesome to play with Jarome," said Kobasew yesterday. "I watch and learn from him every day and to get to play with him, it's great. No matter what the lines are here, you have to watch him. He's a great leader on and off the ice."

Kobasew, who showed instant chemistry with his new linemates, scored his sixth of the season by jumping past Reinprecht for a rebound after Iginla ripped a shot at Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph.

Reinprecht, who later scored after a nifty setup from Iginla, nearly nabbed that loose puck but was beat by a diving Kobasew.

"I saw him dive right across me," recalled Reinprecht. "I was like, 'Atta boy Chuckie.' "

It was Kobasew's first stint on the left side but he wasn't nervous about the switch.

"Not at all. An opportunity to play with Jarome, Rhino -- I was excited about it," said Kobasew."

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FIRST WIN: Philippe Sauve got his revenge.

Returning to the scene of his first start with the Flames, a 3-2 loss in Phoenix Oct. 27, the goaltender earned his first win while wearing the Flaming C.

"It feels great, especially on the road," said Sauve yesterday.

Sauve stood on his head during the first matchup but came away on the losing side. He had to make just 20 saves in Thursday's 4-3 win.

"Sometimes it's like that," he said. "You think you might have deserved a win the other day and you maybe let a few more in another night and you win. It's kind of a weird game like that."

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GAMBLING MEN: Flames D Jordan Leopold lost more than pride when his partner Robyn Regehr potted his first goal of the season against the Coyotes: He also coughed up $20. Leopold is still searching for his first point and was sure he'd make the scoresheet before Regehr, who played his fourth game Thursday after spraining his knee in training camp. "The goose-egg is still there," said a smiling Leopold, who may propose a double-or-nothing wager. "It needs to be cracked soon."


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