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STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla must be wild about playing against Minnesota again so soon.

The duo entered yesterday's game with a combined dozen points -- eight goals and four assists -- in their five previous meetings.

Last night, they each added another goal and assist to the running tally, with a chance to net more against the Wild tomorrow night (6 p.m., Pay-Per-View).

Iginla, who now has six goals and a pair of helpers in their six battles, can't figure out why he has produced so well against the defensive-minded opponent coached by trap-specialist Jacques Lemaire.

"I don't know. I have had some success, been able to score a few goals. It's nothing I can put my finger on. I wish I could carry that over," said Iginla, all smiles in the dressing room after a 3-2 Flames win.

"Tonight, I found the seven-hole on my shot and that's a good break," he added, describing how his wrister found the space between goaltender Manny Fernandez's blocker and body. "For some reason, it turns out that way."

Langkow has enjoyed similar success against the Wild and, after his two-point night, now has four goals and four assists for the same total as Iginla.

Last night -- following a four-assist performance Saturday as he factored into every Flames goal during a 9-4 loss to Nashville -- he continued his string of solid play despite blocking a shot in Edmonton with his hand Thursday, forcing him to deal with some pain over the last few days.

"He is playing with some bumps and bruises," said Iginla of his centre. "

His hands, I'm surprised he can feel them with all the ice he's got all over them. But it doesn't seem to bother him."

Langkow shrugs off the minor injury and shows no fear standing in front of the net for potential tips.

"That's my job," said Langkow, who credits his linemates for his success.

"Playing with Iggy and Juice (Kristian Huselius), we want to create as much offence as we can. Pucks seem to be going in for us finally."

Langkow scored by deflecting a Roman Hamrlik point shot in the first period and nearly did the same on a second tip, this time redirecting an Andrew Ference blast.

But the puck hit the post before Fernandez smothered it.

"Good point shots, that's the key," said Langkow.

"I just try to get in front, get some traffic and maybe get a stick on it."


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