Hear's to you, Iggy!

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Jarome Iginla definitely heard Steve Montador tapping his stick on the ice, calling for the puck in overtime.

 "Didn't you?" Iginla asked rhetorically. "I stopped up and heard him for sure."

 Pivoting along the boards and then feeding Montador the puck for the game-winner, Iginla immediately raced over to embrace the Flames hero where he got a message.

 "I just said, 'Thanks for listening,' " said Montador, who was banging his stick from centre ice as he caught the Sharks on a line change and rushed in alone down the middle.

 "I think the crowd was going and I really wanted to make sure Jarome could hear me. Veteran players like Dave Lowry say, 'Don't do that, you'll give yourself away.' But I wanted to make sure I was giving myself away on that play because nobody was on me."

 For Iginla, it was one of the few times in the game he was a factor.

 Still, it marked the third game-winner in a row on which he's assisted and the fifth straight game he has found the scoresheet.

 "He made a great play on that overtime goal," said Sharks coach Ron Wilson, adding kudos to his blueline for keeping the Flames captain in check the rest of the night.

 "That shows how well our defence can play when we identify who top people are."

 Accounting for just one of the 89 shots on goal in the game, Iginla's 25 minutes of ice time were spent largely on the periphery as players such as Scott Hannan and Mike Ricci kept a close eye on him.

 "They did a really good job on him down low in their zone," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said of his star.

 Using a wide variety of combinations against Iginla, Wilson stayed away from matching lines as the Wings and Canucks did.

 Iginla was also instrumental in the relentless forecheck that led to Conroy's second goal of the night.

 Still, he expects much more from himself for Game 2.

 "I felt the first couple periods ... well, it's my own fault -- I want to be going," said Iginla, who tops all playoff scorers with 13 points.

 "As it went on, I felt better and better and tried to keep up with Connie. He was tough to keep up with tonight. He was flying out there."


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