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Record push for Iginla

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Seventeen Calgary Flames skaters are lining up for two spots.

When Jarome Iginla passes Theo Fleury for most points in Flames franchise history, two others can enter the record books with him.

"It would be nice to be the one who helped him take over that lead," said winger Curtis Glencross. "The name will always be there. It would make for a trivia question and it could be any of the guys on this team."

Heading into tomorrow's meeting with the Minnesota Wild (7 p.m., Sports- net), Iginla needs just two points to tie Fleury and one to pass him.

Being that he notched four points Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Iginla could be one game away, although he has yet to score against the Wild this season.

Frequent linemate Craig Conroy hopes Iginla does it either tomorrow or Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning so the moment doesn't happen on a seven-game road trip due to the Brier.

"That way you let the fans give him the respect he deserves," Conroy said. "We don't know if Fleury would be here or not, but for it to happen at home would be extra special for Jarome."

Conroy said the Flames won't push to get Iginla points because that makes sticks get gripped tighter, but he will do his best to get in on history.

"It will be around forever in Calgary," Conroy said.

"I have a feeling it will be on the powerplay, so maybe I won't be out there. I will have to push him hard five-on-five.

"This one will be historic. It will be remembered. People will talk about it, not just now but years from now. They will say, 'I was at the game where Jarome Iginla broke Theo's record.' "

A betting man would make Michael Cammalleri the favourite to Iggy-back on the memorable moment.

Cammalleri set up Iginla's goal just 45 seconds into Tuesday's win, then had the favour returned in the second period.

The pair teamed up to assist on Dion Phaneuf's winning blast, which was the 31st time this season both players were in on the same goal.

Cammalleri just joined the Flames this off-season, but he appreciates the significance of this record.

"If I were able to get him the puck, it would be more special," Cammalleri said.

"All of us feel we are witnessing something pretty special being on this team."

One thing Iginla's left-winger is worried about is ruining chemistry trying to get it in the next two games.

"When things are looming, you don't want to do anything different," Cammalleri said.

"You don't want his game to change or our game to change. It will happen easier and quicker that way than if you think about it and talk about it.

"It's the same thing when a goalie has a shutout through two periods that no one will say shutout. You just don't want to think about it. Just let it happen. It hasn't been talked about at all."

Conroy is willing to bet no one will ever break Iginla's mark, wherever he leaves it.

"This is one that will stick because it's hard to keep guys for so long with one organization," Conroy said.

"For him to be here so long, and still have four years left on his contract, it's going to be hard to top this guy. He takes such good care of himself. He could play into his 40s if he wants.


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