Iginla's starpower shining bright

Flames captain Jarome Iginla skates during a game against the Hurricanes at the Scotiabank...

Flames captain Jarome Iginla skates during a game against the Hurricanes at the Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alta., Dec. 6, 2011. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have won three straight hockey games.

Their captain and undisputed offensive leader just won the NHL’s First Star of the Week.

Coincidence? Not really.

After registering four goals and a pair of assists last week, Flames sharpshooter Jarome Iginla was named the NHL’s top performer over the seven-day stretch, which marked the club’s first three-game winning streak of the season and also Iginla’s only three-game point streak so far.

“Sometimes, it just clicks. I think a big part is when you have the team success, everybody does feel better. It’s lighter on everybody, and it just rolls from there,” Iginla said after Monday’s practice at the Saddledome. “I think we’ve gotten important goals from a lot of different guys and different lines and from defencemen — and it does make it easier on everybody.

“I can’t say exactly what it was, but it feels good.

“We’re going in the right direction, and we want it to continue as a team.

“It’s nice to get that recognition but definitely more (important) than that is the three wins and a really strong week for us as a group.”

The Saddledome’s Sea of Red celebrated a total of 13 goals in victories over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers last week, with Iginla factoring in on almost half of those markers.

Five other Flames also registered multiple points on the three-game run, including centre Brendan Morrison’s haul of two goals and five assists.

With the squad embarking on a four-game road trip that starts Tuesday in Nashville and also includes stops in Tampa, Miami and Chicago, they’re counting on continued contributions from everybody on the roster. Another four-goal, two-assist week from Iginla would be a good start.

“The puck is going in the net for (Iginla), and obviously that’s a big part of his game and a big part of our game as a team — we’re successful when he’s scoring,” Morrison said. “But we can’t solely rely on him to carry the load. We need other guys pitching in to be successful. We’re not sitting here hoping that Jarome carries us every night. I mean, it’s unrealistic, and it’s unfair.

“You look at all the top teams around the league — there are multiple guys that are scoring in order for those teams to be successful. We’re no different.”

Already the Flames’ all-time leading scorer and point-producer, Iginla is just five snipes shy of becoming the 42nd member of the NHL’s prestigious 500-goal club.

The 34-year-old has a history of prolonged scoring outbursts, although he’s more concerned with turning a three-game winning streak in four, five or maybe more.

“Winning makes it easier on everybody,” Iginla said. “It can snowball, and you get used to it, and you get confident. You always hear that word (confidence), and some people get sick of hearing it, but it’s very important.”

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