Iginla dominant again

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET


 TAMPA -- Jarome Iginla just couldn't wipe that grin off his face.

 By most accounts, the Flames captain was the best player in the game. And now he's just one win away from hammering his name on the Stanley Cup.

 But last night's 3-2 overtime win almost disappeared in a flash, partly because the sniper was lacking some puck luck while facing a Lightning-hot Nikolai Khabibulin.

 The Flames winger managed to sneak just one puck past the overworked goalie, leaving Calgary's top scorer shaking his head on more than one occasion.

 Recording six shots on net, Iginla led all shooters while Khabibulin recorded 36 saves.

 Just five minutes in, looking for the Flames' second goal, Iginla grabbed a pass in the slot from Chris Simon and ripped a snapshot at the open side of the Bolts net.

 But Khabibulin flicked out his right pad, kicking the puck harmlessly into the corner.

 "I thought I could whip it in and beat him there," pointed out Iginla, who eventually gave the Flames a 2-1 lead in the second.

 "He had a quick leg -- that was tough to see, that save, because 2-0 at that point of the game is a big, big goal. He played well all night. Simon was setting me up and Khabibulin kept making the saves. It was tough. Great to see one finally sneak by him."

 While logging more than 30 minutes of icetime, Iginla provided another dominant performance. He set up Oleg Saprykin's overtime winner with his blast at Khabibulin.

 "He found his second gear in overtime," said Flames coach Darryl Sutter.

 "That's again something that comes from way down inside there somewhere."

 Iginla leads all playoff goal scorers with 13.


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