Iginla struggling to find twine

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

DENVER -- Michael Cammalleri reaching the 20-goal mark is no shock for the Calgary Flames or their fans.

It's more like a pleasant surprise seeing the team is 45 games into the season.

The alarm is that Jarome Iginla is two goals back of his linemate and struggling mightily to light the lamp.

"Yeah ... it's been a tough stretch, but it hasn't been as hard because we've been winning," Iginla said prior to last night's loss to the Colorado Avalanche. "In one-goal games, when you don't win them, you definitely feel you'd like to contribute more. Part of it is just getting more scoring chances. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get too many scoring chances consistently, and that's part of it. That's a start.

"Now I'm going to work to bring up the habits, get to the front of the net and work on getting the scoring chances consistently, and that's how you get more goals."

Iginla, who has been racking up assists while Cammalleri has been on his goal-scoring tear, has gone eight games without a goal.

He's been stuck at 18 on the season, having netted only two goals in the last 14 games.

It's a far cry from the expectations placed on the two-time 50-goal scorer who has led the Flames in goal production in each of the last seven seasons.

Naturally, there are all kinds of people wondering what's wrong with the Calgary captain.

"I think it's a variety of things," he said. "The last few games, I've been skating and working to get back to the habits of getting to the net, making sure I'm competing in those tough areas, going there and believing the puck's going to be there in certain spots. Over the last stretch, I definitely haven't been generating enough scoring chances consistently.

"They'll come again."

Which is the belief of his teammates and head coach.

"The reason I'm getting the goals is because of Jarome and the attention he draws and the great passes he's made," insisted Cammalleri, whose tally in last night's clash was truly a thing of beauty. "My thoughts are to get him going a little bit. He's doing a lot for us -- he fights, he hits, sets up plays. I think I'll try to get him the puck in spots he likes to shoot from."

Added coach Mike Keenan: "I'm not worried about Jarome. He'll score goals for us. I've had goal scorers in the past who have gone through cycles like this and he's no exception."


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