Record race getting Wild

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Jarome Iginla's milestone moment will have to wait.

But the Calgary Flames captain inched one step closer to the franchise's the all-time points mark.

Iginla notched one assist in last night's 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, which leaves him one shy of equalling the 830 Theoren Fleury's amassed with the team.

He also remains two goals short of 400 for his illustrious career. With a packed Saddledome anticipating history, Iginla played a part in the opening goal -- Michael Cammalleri's marker 17 seconds into the second period -- but that's all he was able to put on the scoresheet.

Iginla could have received another helper on Cammalleri's other tally, but wasn't awarded a helper.

Apparently, that was his wish since he didn't feel it would have been deserved.

Therefore, nobody campaigned.

"He didn't want it," Cammalleri said. "He likes to get them honestly, especially the one to tie. He's going to get it honestly. He made a great play to force the turnover, but I guess he didn't touch it.

"We'll get it for him next time."

That chance will be tomorrow night's meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the last home clash for the club before embarking on a seven-game road swing.

Rest assured the Flames will be doing what they can for Iginla to receive his due before the home faithful. They were certainly trying once the game was out of reach after a three-goal middle frame.

"Why not try? It's a 3-0 game and I like getting him the puck," Cammalleri said.

"I think the more we get him the puck, the more chances we get to score. It's always a good thing.

"I'm always trying to get the puck to him, whether it's 3-0 or 0-0."

Dion Phaneuf and Jamie Lundmark also scored for Calgary (37-18-6). Phaneuf's came only 20 seconds after Cammalleri opened the scoring.

Although the sellout Saddledome crowd of 19,289 wasn't able to relish in Iginla glory, the faithful were able to witness a rare one-sided victory over the Wild.

The Flames, who have won all four meetings with Minnesota this season, surrendered 16 shots, which equals a season-low.

Iginla didn't meet with the media after, explaining through the club's PR department there were other stories on the night.

Cammalleri continues to march to career highs. He has 32 goals on the season, two shy of his personal best, and continues to roll along.

"It's been fun. Playing with these guys has been enjoyable for me," he said. "The real exciting part is coming down the stretch here, and the idea of competing in the playoffs. That's stuff that gets me really excited."

Meanwhile, Lundmark scored in the NHL for the first time in nearly two years.

"Feels good," said the forward who has spent most of the season in the AHL. "Hopefully, they come easier after that one. The weight's lifted off my back."

Marc-Andre Bergeron replied for Minnesota (30-25-5).

The night took a nasty turn for the worse in the final minutes when Minnesota enforcer Derek Boogaard crushed Brandon Prust into the boards, even though Prust didn't have the puck.

"He's a menacing player," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. "The strategy of the coach was to put him out with a large deficit to try and take advantage of his physical attributes. I don't mind people hitting, but he did leave his feet. He probably could have been assessed a major for doing so.

"The league will look at it."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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