It's madness!

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Anger Iggy at your peril. The Edmonton Oilers learned this lesson the hard way last night.

Jarome Iginla was cheapshotted early but the Flames captain channelled his anger into a dominating, two-goal performance in a 3-1 win over Calgary's provincial rivals.

Iginla was on a breakaway when he was chopped down by Chris Pronger and sent crashing hard into the end boards.

"It definitely gets you fired up when you're that close to a scoring chance, it doesn't work out and you end up on your face in the boards," Iginla said.

"I really thought it was going to be a penalty shot ... I went into the boards pretty hard, got up and my mouth was bleeding.

I was upset with the whole play."

Minutes later, a fired-up Iginla opened the scoring after deking Oilers netminder Mike Morrison and sliding the puck just past his outstretched leg.

Ales Hemsky pulled the hosts even around the game's midway mark but, 16 second after the equalizer, Kristian Huselius put Calgary ahead for good.

Tony Amonte beat Igor Ulanov for the puck deep in Edmonton territory and sped around the net before spying Huselius at the back door.

Flames head coach Darryl Sutter pinpointed Huselius' goal as the turning point.

"The difference was our ability to score right after they score," he said.

"I thought we looked a little fresher than they did."

Two minutes later, Iginla exacted more revenge, notching his second of the game while on the powerplay. He whacked at the puck in the slot and it somehow made it past defenceman Steve Staios and through Morrison's legs for his 23rd goal of the season.

Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr wasn't surprised to see Iginla dominate the game.

"Iggy does have a temper," he said. "He's a fierce competitor and, when other guys take some shots at him, he's not afraid to stand up for himself. That's the way he is."

Teammate Darren McCarty concurred.

"Some guys," he said, "you don't really want to get them fired up."

The win was the Flames' fourth straight and leave them alone atop the Northwest Division, two points ahead of Vancouver, six ahead of Colorado and seven ahead of Edmonton.

"You look at the division and how tight it is, you've got to win and get points," McCarty said.

"This was an imperative game."

Although netminder Miikka Kiprusoff didn't steal the win for the Flames, he provided another strong performance in starting his 11th straight game. He stoned Michael Peca twice in the opening minutes and then flashed the glove on Ryan Smyth while the Oilers were shorthanded.

Kiprusoff saved his best for the third period, holding the fort while Calgary was shorthanded a couple of times.

The Flames continue their five-game road trip tonight in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche (7 p.m., Sportsnet, Fan 960).


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