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Hat's on to Iggy's play

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Pulling on the golden hard hat before the assembled media, Jarome Iginla sheepishly admitted he's not used to being a model.

"I haven't won it that many times," Iginla said with a grin. "It feels good. I'll take it.

"It's been hard to get."

For him this season, yes it has. With more performances like last night's, though, Iginla may have to get used to it.

In the 3-1 victory over the

St. Louis Blues, the maligned captain had the kind of game the Calgary Flames and their fans have been looking for all too often this season.

With two goals, Iginla was the sniper expected to lead the attack. With a fight against Blues defenceman Barret Jackman, he provided emotional push.

"Nothing really new. He's our leader," said Darren McCarty. "You think Calgary Flames, it's Jarome Iginla and what he can do.

"Obviously, he can put the puck in the net but he does so many other things, too, win key draws, kill penalties, and everybody who knows him knows he can do the physical stuff."

Like his old-school scrap.

Iginla and Jackman tried to duke it out late in the second period but the linesmen intervened while they were taking off their helmets.

The score was settled immediately after getting out of the box, early in the third period, though Iginla played down the dustup.

"Jackman's a tough competitor, he plays hard," he said.

Now, the question remains whether it's the kind of game the former 50-goal scorer can use to become a dominating force the rest of the way.

"Hopefully, it's something to build on," he said. "As a line, we want to build some momentum, start getting more creative, finishing more chances and getting more results. "

Golden results, shall we say.


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