Flames have pop without Iggy

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

Life without Jarome Iginla isn't that bad.

In fact, the Calgary Flames are red-hot without their all-star forward.

With a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night at Rexall Place, the Flames are 6-2 since Iginla sprained the MCL in his left knee on Jan. 4.

On top of that, Calgary is now sitting at the top of the Northwest Division, tied with Vancouver at 56 points - but the Flames have one game in hand.

"When (Iginla) went down, we knew guys had to step up," said defenceman Dion Phaneuf.

"A lot of forwards have done a great job putting the puck in the net in his absence."

In this eight-game run, winger Kristian Huselius has caught fire - and is now riding a seven-game point streak after beautifully setting up Alex Tanguay last night.

Sliding the puck through Jason Smith's legs, Huselius put the disc right on Tanguay's stick for an easy tap in to make it 3-0 late in the second period.

That goal also marked Tanguay's eighth point in eight games. And not to be outdone, Daymond Langkow extended his point streak to four games, while Phaneuf upped his point streak to five games with a goal and assist.

ALL-STAR SNUB? Edmonton's Daymond Langkow is on pace for a career year with the Flames with 49 points entering last night's tilt. But the 30-year-old centre won't be at the NHL all-star game, even though he has more points than almost every forward on the Western Conference roster.

"He certainly has been an all-star for us," said Flames' coach Jim Playfair. "He's an extremely competitive warrior."

Before yesterday's action, eight forwards on the all-star team had fewer points than Langkow: Jonathan Cheechoo (34 points), Bill Guerin (34), Martin Havlat (30), Andy McDonald (47), Rick Nash (30), Yanic Perreault (28), Brian Rolston (41) and Ryan Smyth (36).

Langkow is on pace for 87 points. His previous best is 62 in 2001-02 with Phoenix.


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