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Line-o-mite!

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

The Calgary Flames' top line is hitting its stride.

Just in time for the biggest road trip of the season, too.

Jarome Iginla potted two goals and two helpers, Alex Tanguay opened the scoring and added two more points, while Daymond Langkow chipped in a goal and an assist Tuesday night in a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

The victory set a franchise record with 10 straight wins at home.

"They've been playing unbelievable," said Matthew Lombardi yesterday before the Flames jetted off to Vancouver to start their longest road trip of the season. They play the Canucks tonight at 8 p.m.

"They've been setting the tone for the rest of the guys going out there. It's awesome to watch those three guys play together."

Over a six-game stretch, the top trio has combined for 31 points and established itself as one of the most productive units in the NHL.

They hope to keep that momentum going over the next six games as the Flames try to improve their 3-7-3 road record before they return for the Christmas break.

"I think it's a great time for them with our schedule being what it is, having all these division games here in this stretch," said defenceman Robyn Regehr.

"It's a time for not just them but all of us to not just be playing OK or good, it's a very important time to be playing great.

"They've really been hitting their peak here in the last little while and I really hope they continue to play at that level for as long as possible."

Amonte shares those desires and says the cohesion of the Tanguay-Langkow-Iginla line gives the whole club a boost. A tactical advantage, too.

"They're drawing a lot of attention out there," said Amonte. "They're getting the other team's top defenders. Teams are going to start to get matchups against them and stuff so that works in our favour as game plans go along."

Defenceman Dion Phaneuf was the only player not forwarding the top line to score Tuesday night but Regehr says watching the top-dollar scoring unit light the lamp with ease bodes well for those on the bench salivating for their next opportunity to mimic their on-ice leaders.

"It's huge because it provides the team with a lot of momentum when a line like Jarome's line can go out there and absolutely dominate on a shift. It gets everyone else going," said Regehr.

"It gets the next line that's sitting on the bench being called out excited to be out there and try to duplicate that energy and dominance. It's healthy competition for everyone on our team."

Iginla said he wasn't so sure it would be his night against the Wild after the first couple of shifts.

But it didn't take long for that to change.

"It was one of those nights, as it went on, the puck seemed to be coming around us and we were reading off each other well," said Iginla.

"Things came together. It ended up being a good night."

And if the captain has his way, the good fortune will continue.

"They're an important six games," said Iginla.

"I think our line is feeling better, getting more confident. We're starting to be more consistent as far as pressure and chances.

"I think our team is, too. You look all the way through our lines, we're finding ways to score more goals.

"We're finding ways to win.

"It's not only our line. All the way through I think we're ready to go on this road trip and have a good trip."

ICE CHIPS:

The Flames sent winger Tomi Maki to Omaha after his NHL debut and recalled Brandon Prust, who likely will suit up as Stephane Yelle continues to strengthen his ankle ... Calgary and Florida will play an exhibition game in Saskatoon Sept. 18, 2007. Flames and Saskatoon Blades season-ticket holders can get advance tickets between Dec. 13 and 16. Sales open to the public Dec. 19.

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HOW THEY STACK UP

How some other top lines have fared over their last six games (prior to last night):

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Chris Kunitz-Andy McDonald-Teemu Selanne: (25 points)

N.Y. RANGERS

Martin Straka-Michael Nylander-Jaromir Jagr: (23 points)

N.J. DEVILS

Patrick Elias-Scott Gomez-Brian Gionta: (21 points)


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