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Iginla's 'not that anxious'

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

One tally.

It's all that separates Jarome Iginla from standing atop the Calgary Flames' all-time goal scoring list.

With his next tally, Iginla will surpass Theoren Fleury for top spot on the franchise's all-time list. Both have 364.

Seeing as Iginla didn't do it his first chance, during Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, could the anticipation be wearing on the Calgary captain and the pressure be on him when he laces up against the Nashville Predators tonight?

"To be honest, I'm not that anxious," Iginla said after yesterday's brief practice at the Saddledome.

"It's something that when it happens, it happens. I'm sure I'd love it to be at home, but that's not the most important thing. It's about getting wins and moving up.

"It doesn't feel as urgent as going for 50 and there's one game left. I'd like to (get it) but it's about preparing the same way. When it happens, it'll be great and I'm excited, but to be honest it's not the same as when I was trying to get 50.

"Hopefully I have a lot of games left, so I don't feel that pressure."

Don't get Iginla wrong. He's looking forward to supplanting Fleury -- one of his first NHL linemates when he made the jump from the junior ranks. It's just he doesn't want to become wrapped up in a chase for history, especially with 15 games remaining in the regular season and amidst a quest for playoff berth.

"It's still pretty good to tie Theo and be there. Before the year started, I looked at it and knew it would take 41 to do it this year, and I was hoping to have the chance. Thankfully, (shots) have gone in," Iginla said. "It is an honour, an NHL franchise I grew up watching. I heard somebody say, 'You pinch yourself' and it is hard to believe.

"Down the road -- the kids are young and they won't always see me playing -- so it would be something to tell them when I'm trying to show them a few tricks on the rink and they don't want to listen to me."

Iginla will face the Preds pacing his team with 40 goals and 79 points, giving him a chance to reach 50 in a season for the second time in his career and his first 100-point season.

Fleury was on-hand at Calgary's last game, but has said he doesn't plan to attend every game until his record falls. Iginla takes no offence to Fleury's decision.

"I thought it was nice he came, but totally understand he's got lots of things to do. He's doing great in business and with a family and stuff," Iginla said. "Last game, I didn't give him any shots (to see) so he's probably thinking, 'I can't wait around.' It's nice he came down once and gave me a chance."


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