Captain Marvel

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- As the media encircled Jarome Iginla, the chorus began.

Nobody joined in with Andre Roy, but the Flames tough guy began his rendition of For he's a jolly good fellow.

After the Flames 6-3 win last night over the St. Louis Blues, nobody could deny it.

Iginla was a dominating force in leading his team to a victory which snapped their three-game losing skid.

He scored twice and assisted on two others before the announced crowd of 16,426 at the Scottrade Center for the 14th four-point game of his career.

The barrage leaves the Calgary captain one point shy of 800 for his career.

"I didn't know I was that close to 800," Iginla said. "I don't really look for that. I'm thankful for the points."

It took a little more than four minutes to see it was going to be Iginla's night.

The Flames opened the scoring when Cory Sarich's point shot banked into the net off Iginla. At the time, Iginla was on the ice, knocked down by Blues defenceman Mike Weaver, and the puck first hit Iginla's rear end, then his hand before going into the net behind Blues goalie Chris Mason.

"I was yelling for a penalty and I felt it hit me and go in," said Iginla, who was as startled as anybody at the strange turn of events.

"That was a real good boost for our club to get a lucky break like that. From then on, we started skating and feeling good as a group."

It's the second time this season Iginla has matched his career high for points in a game. He also did it one year ago to the day in St. Louis.

"That's cool," Iginla said with his trademark million-dollar grin.

"I'm glad I didn't get thinking that in my head. This is a good hockey barn, always good atmosphere, the ice is good and the crowd is into it.

"I've got good breaks."

Especially on that goal.

"It's nice to get those," said Michael Cammalleri, who scored one of Calgary's other goals. "It gets you rolling. We were pretty energized tonight and there was a good, calm feeling in the room that we were going to have a good night. To get one like that really jump-starts you and gets you going."

Matthew Lombardi, Daymond Langkow and Adrian Aucoin also scored for Calgary (17-11-3). Lombardi had two assists, as did Sarich and Craig Conroy.

Undoubtedly, though, Iginla was the main man with a big game on the night.

"He played well, but he can play bigger," head coach Mike Keenan said with a deadpan expression before bursting into a laugh. "No, he had a great game.

"He had a leadership game. You expect that from your best players, and he was engaged. It looked right from the start he was going to have a good game."

Added Cammalleri: "It's been such a joy for me to play with him. He's like most great scorers, when he gets one early, he gets feeling it and the confidence gets up. When you're a scorer like he is and confident, it seems like he's going to get three or four points."

Still, it was a very strong performance for the Flames against a Blues squad that was overmatched.

"Emotionally, we were invested in the game," Keenan said.

"We wanted to come off a couple of losses, although we picked up some points, and get started again. And we wanted some momentum on this road trip."

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 28 shots to record his 12th straight win against the Blues.

Patrik Berglund, Brad Boyes and David Backes replied for the Blues (12-15-3), who have lost four straight.

Calgary plays tonight in Minnesota before returning home.


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