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Jarome Iginla celebrates his goal against the Blue Jackets in Calgary on Tuesday. (Sun Media/Al...

Jarome Iginla celebrates his goal against the Blue Jackets in Calgary on Tuesday. (Sun Media/Al Charest)

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Reports of Jarome Iginla's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The Calgary Flames captain finally had that breakout game fans have been waiting for with anticipation this young season in last night's 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Iginla scored the key insurance tally and collected two assists in his best offensive outing of the year.

He went into the night with only four points, but Iginla said his previous outing, even if it came without any marks on the scoresheet, had him feeling something big was on the horizon.

"I was moving the feet better. As a line, we were starting to read off each other and create more," Iginla said. "We didn't really get results, but we had more puck possession, more composure with it and were getting open for shots.

"Fortunately, tonight it was good to get some bounces, get them early. Contributing early was a boost."

Iginla had a hand in first-period goals by linemate Curtis Glencross and Jay Bouwmeester, but his big moment came midway through the third period when he was sent down the wing and ripped a top-shelf shot past Blue Jackets netminder Steve Mason, to the delight of the sellout Saddledome crowd of 19,289.

"A couple shifts before, Glennie gave me one right on a tee where the goalie was screened. I was really disappointed I missed that one because those are almost gifts. It was a great pass," Iginla said. "It was nice to see (my next shot) hit the post and go in."

"He was apologizing on the bench after that. He said, 'That's a goal, Glennie. That's a goal.' " Glencross said. "We're starting to get some chemistry and it's starting to feel good out there."

The Flames improve their record to 6-2-1.

Daymond Langkow also scored in the opening frame, but the Jackets battled back.

A first-period shorthanded tally by Rick Nash and early second-period powerplay goals by Derick Brassard and Jakub Voraceck drew the visitors even. That's when Dion Phaneuf turned the tide for good with his fifth goal of the season, which came on an end-to-end rush.

"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot," Iginla said.

"It's something we couldn't blame the refs. We took penalties. They were penalties. Unfortunately, some brain lapses, but we did stay with it, didn't get flustered, regrouped.

"We were a lot calmer in a tight game we know we let them in. It wasn't so much what they were doing, but we were able to hold it together."

Fredrik Sjostrom rounded out the scoring with his first as a Flame, which capped a two-point night.

Even though Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff again surrendered three goals, he held strong when his team needed it most.

During a 27-save performance, he was unbeatable through the second five-on-three powerplay afforded the Blue Jackets.

His best save during the two-man advantage that lasted nearly two minutes came when he kicked out his right leg in time to deny Anton Stralman on a cross-ice one-timer.

Mason stopped 16 shots for Columbus (5-2-0), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Calgary is back in action Saturday when the Edmonton Oilers come calling for the third instalment of the Battle of Alberta.

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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