Iggy cashes in another 30

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Monster performance for a monster milestone.

Needing a win to regain top spot in the Northwest Division, Jarome Iginla came through offensively the way the $7-million man is counted on by the Flames and their faithful.

The right winger, who goes from adored to maligned along with the Flames fortunes, potted two goals last night -- giving him five in six games during March -- to pace Calgary to a key 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

"Iggy came out and set the tone in the first and then got another in the second," said centre Matthew Lombardi. "Big goals at the right times."

Markers that give Iginla 30 on the season, making it the fifth year in a row he's reached that standard.

In Flames history, only Theo Fleury can boast five straight 30-goal campaigns.

"It's cool. It's been a great ride," Iginla said. "I've been able to play with some really good players and really good passers.

"I don't know what to say. It's an honour. It's not something I think about but I'm very thankful to ... be in that company."

That Iginla has reached 30 goals again comes as no surprise.

The fact it took until Game No. 64 is the shocking aspect.

Iginla admits his season isn't up to expectations but the ever-positive captain is optimistic last night's performance will help ignite him for the final 18 regular-season outings and beyond.

"I would like more, there's no question," he said. "But at the same time, I'm also thankful for the 30 and hopefully will keep going.

"I'm hoping this is the start of a real hot streak, for the team and for me personally."

With 280 career goals, he sits third on Calgary's all-time list behind Fleury (364) and Joe Nieuwendyk (314).

Iginla has notched at least 20 in seven straight seasons -- and eight of nine during his career. In fact, he hit 28 and 29 in the two seasons before finally cracking the 30-goal barrier for the first time in 2000-01.

"That 29 year, hitting 30 the first time felt really tough," he said. "I remember wanting to get to 30 so bad and then got high-sticked in the eye (in the last game) and didn't get the chance.

"The next year, I was fortunate enough to do it."


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