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Total 'Dome-ination over Wild

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

The Saddledome scoreboard should forever be frozen with last night's historic numbers: Calgary Flames 5, Minnesota 2 and a perfect 10.

With the fiery victory in front of 19,289 fevered fans, the Flames set a franchise record with 10 consecutive wins at home -- breaking the mark last reached in 1991 -- in convincing fashion.

"Calgary's had some very good teams," said a smiling Jarome Iginla, who had four points on the night to tie a personal best. "To get that is big, for us and for our fans."

The jumbotron was taken down immediately after the contest and dismantled, much like the Wild's usually staunch defence was picked apart by the Flames.

Alex Tanguay, who opened the scoring and posted three points for his best output as a Flame, hopes the new Enmax Energy Board will be treated to the same kind of display.

"It's certainly nice to ring up five," said Tanguay. "Before the season, there were a lot of people questioning if we could score some goals. I think we've proven over the course of the early season here that we can.

"Hopefully we can ring it up on the new one when it comes around."

Calgary came out with its usual home-ice hop and grabbed the early lead on Tanguay's breakaway wrister.

Tanguay did the dirty work on the Flames' second goal, too, poking away at a prone Martin Skoula, who flopped onto a loose puck in the slot, until the rubber came loose and went to the boards. The talented Flames winger, not usually noted for his grit, came away with it and dished the puck to Daymond Langkow, who in turn fed Iginla for the captain's 17th goal of the season to give the Flames a 2-1 lead with 56 seconds till the buzzer.

The play gave Langkow a new personal best nine-straight games with at least a point and kept Iginla's goal-scoring streak alive at six.

Less than two minutes later -- not counting the intermission -- Iginla sniped his second of the game.

Not long after that, Dion Phaneuf made up for an early mistake that led to Pascal Dupuis' breakaway goal with a powerplay goal, chasing Manny Fernandez from the Wild net, and Daymond Langkow made it a rout with his ninth of the season in the dying seconds of the middle frame.

Both were set up by Iginla, who was the only Flame who seemed willing to acknowledge the new home record.

Tanguay was already focusing on the six-game road swing that starts tomorrow in Vancouver.

"It's always nice to win at home but we know now with the next six on the road, we have to make sure we play a good, solid road trip," said Tanguay. "This team has been good at home. Now, hopefully, it's time for us to be good on the road."


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