Flames torch sad-sack Sens

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Senators defenceman Filip Kuba scored his second goal of the season last night, and boy was it a beauty.

Pinching from the blueline on a power play early in the first period, he took a feed from Dany Heatley and, without breaking stride, snapped the puck past Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff.

Now quick, Bryan Murray, trade him while he's hot.

Show the replay, and ask for the moon. Or at least a star. Jarome Iginla?

Kidding, of course. The Calgary captain, fresh off setting the franchise record for career points Sunday night, reaffirmed his status as one of the league's true untouchables, scoring two goals as the Flames, third overall in West, sent the Senators to their fifth loss in their last six games.

"I feel good, relaxed, I'm trying to get my shot off quicker and they're going in," said Iginla, who has seven goals and six assists in his last 12 games, giving him 836 points for his career.

DIRE SITUATION

Who cares? It doesn't matter that the Senators could never find enough talent to trade for a Jarome Iginla. They need a goalie even more.

Only partly kidding this time. Ottawa's dire goalie situation was painfully obvious to the 18,865 fans at Scotiabank Place last night.

Alex Auld, battling the sniffles, was colder than a streaker on the canal.

"We still need that timely save," said coach Cory Clouston. "If we don't get it, we need to persevere."

Auld allowed four questionable goals on 15 shots before Brian Elliott replaced him to start the third.

The same Elliott who had let in 14 goals in his last eight periods. It didn't take long for him to let in another.

With Jason Spezza off for instigating a fight with Flames beast Dion Paneauf -- not kidding this time, honest -- David Moss scored his second goal of the game to put the Flames up 5-2.

Spezza didn't think the scrap was a big deal -- "I think that's my fifth NHL fight, nothing to write home about, but still," he said -- and neither did Phaneuf.

"It's their job to stick up for their teammates, and your job to make a big deal about it," Phaneuf told reporters after the game.

Moss added an empty-netter for his first career hat trick.

Daniel Alfredsson, Nick Foligno and Mike Fisher were given the task of stopping Calgary's top line of Iginla, Mike Cammalleri and Matthew Lombardi. They couldn't.

Kuba, meanwhile, will learn his fate today. The unrestricted free agent has been the subject of trade rumours for months.

"The whole day was obviously different, with all the media asking questions," said Kuba, Ottawa's top-scoring defenceman with 29 points. "I tried to prepare the same way. As soon as the puck dropped I got into the game. Heatley made a great pass and I was lucky enough to put it in."

Lucky? For Murray's sake, don't undersell yourself. You're Bobby Orr, remember?

Kiprusoff was shaky early but finished strong to earn his 38th win of the year, 10 shy of Martin Brodeur's record of 48 two seasons ago.

Ottawa hasn't beaten Calgary since a 2-1 victory on Feb. 21, 2004.

The Senators are hoping for a better result tomorrow when the Oilers come to town.


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