Jarome Iginla the hero as Flames beat Blues

Flames forward Jarome Iginla (right) celebrates with teammate Mike Cammalleri after scoring against...

Flames forward Jarome Iginla (right) celebrates with teammate Mike Cammalleri after scoring against the Blues at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, March 24, 2013. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

CALGARY - If this was Jarome Iginla’s last home game, it’s one he’ll remember fondly.

The Calgary Flames captain, who is the subject of numerous trade rumours, scored the game-winner Sunday in a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.

In all alone, Iginla fought off a valiant, sliding poke-check from Wade Redden and, when it no longer seemed possible, found a few inches of room on the short side.

The Dome crowd was silent throughout much of the game as the home side was being badly outplayed.

But the fans came to life whenever Iginla touched the puck.

The Dome faithful have seen the face of the franchise score 524 other goals in Flames silks.

A lot of them were prettier.

And a lot have had more significance.

Even though Iginla’s ninth of the season gave the Flames their seventh straight win at home, it seemed more like a curtain call than anything else.

Roman Cervenka also scored a pair for the hosts, who were outshot 38-17.

Now, if only the Flames could translate their Dome success into a road win now and then.

They’ll get another chance to snap an ugly nine-game skid away from home Tuesday in Chicago.

It took the hosts 10 minutes to record a shot on net, but they made their second one count.

Cervenka, a lightning rod for criticism after a lacklustre start to the season, showed the home crowd a glimpse of what Russian fans have witnessed for years.

The two-time KHL all-star ripped a shot over Jaroslav Halak’s glove on a powerplay to put the Flames on the board in the first period.

His second of the night was even prettier, executing a gorgeous deke to the backhand and going top corner.

Kiprusoff, whose numbers have ballooned recently, was back to his acrobatic self Sunday night, making a handful of nice stops to keep his team in it.

The Blues outshot the Flames 19-4 in the middle frame, and were finally rewarded when T.J. Oshie launched a sneak attack.

The burly Blues forward stepped out of the penalty box, poke-checked poke-checked Flames blueliner Dennis Wideman and then squeezed a shot through Kiprusoff.

Vladimir Sobotka chipped a rebound between Kiprusoff’s pillows early in the third period to tie the game at two.

All that did was set the stage for Iginla’s heroics.

Will it be the last time it’ll happen in Calgary is the biggest question. 

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