Lombo's earning No. 1 job

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Jarome Iginla is on a hot streak and Matthew Lombardi is catching fire along with him.

Playing between Steve Reinprecht and Iginla last night, Lombardi assisted on both Iginla goals in a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place last night.

Lombardi is making a strong case to become the team's No. 1 centre.

"I'm really enjoying playing with him," said Iginla, the game's first star.

"Playing with him and Reino (Steve Reinprecht), we're kind of starting to feel pretty good and connecting and using each other and getting scoring chances."

Since joining the top line during a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Jan. 14, Lombardi has four assists -- and Iginla five goals -- in four games.

To get the Flames on the scoreboard in the first period last night, Lombardi was hit by a Dion Phaneuf shot from the point but quickly recovered the loose puck and fed an open Iginla at the side of the Oilers net. Unintentionally blocking a Phaneuf shot isn't the least painful way to make a play but Lombardi was happy it worked out.

"He can nail me anytime he wants if it's going to happen like that," said Lombardi with a grin.

Lombardi nearly had a third assist -- and Iginla the hat-trick -- but the captain's goal was waved off because he deflected Lombardi's centring pass in with his elbow.

"He is just playing so well," Lombardi said of Iginla. "He's finding open space and I'm just kind of looking to get the puck and put it on his tape. It's pretty awesome."


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