Iginla bags record goal

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

The new curve got the result Jarome Iginla was looking for.

He couldn't really credit a fresh stick for his record-breaking goal, though.

Iginla's 365th wasn't his prettiest.

It bounced off big Blues defenceman Eric Brewer's backside and past Manny Legace to give Iginla the franchise goal record in what ended as a 7-3 victory over St. Louis at the Saddledome.

Trying out his bended blade all alone on the ice before an optional morning skate yesterday, Iginla fired off a few shots from nearly the same spot as his record tally, which gave the Flames a 3-1 lead late in the opening period.

"I'd love to pretend I visualized that, but I actually kind of missed. It went off the guy's butt and in," said Iginla, the souvenir puck sitting behind him in his locker.

"I didn't think I got all of it. It was a good break."

Iginla was wearing a wide smile -- even bigger than his usual grin -- and gave the appreciative fans a couple of waves as the camera zoomed in on his mug while the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

The actual celebration, though, was lacking in enthusiasm, considering its weight.

Iginla says it's because he wasn't even sure he'd earned the record at the time, thinking maybe a teammate put it in after he saw his shot heading off to the right.

"I had a big celebration planned. I had like windmills and all that stuff going," joked Iginla, who is anything but a showman.

"But I wasn't sure, so I just decided to keep it in the bag."

Iginla wasn't the only player to get fired up for last night's matchup during the optional practice earlier in the day.

The entire team seemed to snap out of a scoring funk as they chased Legace from the net before continuing to hammer Hannu Toivonen.

Two goals came from Alex Tanguay, who bookended the scoring, and they got singles from Kristian Huselius, Matthew Lombardi, Marcus Nilson and Daymond Langkow.

The Blues got a pair from Brad Boyes and one from David Backes.

Earning his latest milestone in a memorable win made the achievement even sweeter for the Flames captain.

Getting it at home was important to him, too, even though the crowd never fully got to voice its heartfelt appreciation as music blared following his goal.

"I was definitely happy to get it at home. To get it in a win," said Iginla.

"It was really nice to get things rolling again.

"Our powerplay got some, and it's a good way to go out on the road and keep building on it."

Heading out of town today for a four-game swing that starts in Washington, Iginla also admitted it was a bit of a relief.

"Yeah, it is, to be honest," he said.

"Down to my last home game (of a three-game homestand), I was thinking it would be real nice to get it."

The former Flames general manager who made the deal with Dallas to bring Iginla to Calgary, Al Coates, was in attendance.

The man he passed in the record book, Theoren Fleury, was there in spirit, courtesy of a pre-taped congratulatory message shown on the big screen during a stoppage in the second period.

"To be honest, it's kind of hard to believe. When I started ... I wanted to be a goal scorer and be in those situations," Iginla said. "To be a part of any of the team's records is a huge thrill. It's something that definitely is hard to believe.

"I've been extremely fortunate and blessed. It's been so much fun.

"And I want to keep going."


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