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Iginla continues torrid scoring with two goals as Flames burn Rangers

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Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla celebrates his goal during second-period NHL hockey action. Behind is New York Rangers Blair Betts (right) and Calgary\'s Craig Conroy (left). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal Author: The Hockey News

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Iginla continues torrid scoring with two goals as Flames burn Rangers

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CALGARY - Jarome Iginla continued his hot scoring with two goals Wednesday night to lead the streaking Calgary Flames to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

With the Flames up 1-0 after the first period, Iginla notched his first of the night on the power play at 5:42 of the second. From behind the net, Dion Phaneuf slid a pass into the slot to Iginla, who fended off Marcel Hossa's weak stick check attempt and snapped a shot over Henrik Lundqvist's shoulder.

With the Rangers back within a goal, Iginla restored the two-goal cushion at 6:51 of the third, a goal that came compliments of a dandy individual set-up by Kristian Huselius. As he carried the puck over the New York blue-line, Huselius got around Scott Gomez, Marc Staal, and lastly the the diving and stickless Michal Rozsival to find himself two-on-none against Lundqvist. Huselius neatly set up the Flames captain for a one-timer to make it 3-1.

The Rangers briefly narrowed the deficit back to one on Dubinsky's goal at 15:53 of the third period but Calgary answered right back less than two minutes later when a harmless looking wrist shot from Huselius from the side boards squeaked past Lundqvist.

New York pulled the goalie and got a goal from Shanahan with 14 seconds left but they couldn't get one more past Kiprusoff, who finished the night with 29 saves to improve his record to 20-12-7.

Iginla has notched 16 goals in the last 15 games, giving him 29 on the season. Iginla trails just Ilya Kovalchuk (33 goals) and Alexander Ovechkin (30), and the Calgary captain is on pace to eclipse his career high of 52 goals set in 2001-02.

In those 15 games, Calgary has lost just once in regulation time (10-1-4).

Huselius finished with a goal and two assists and Adrian Aucoin also scored for Calgary (20-14-7). The Flames third straight win moves Calgary into second spot in the Northwest Division, just one point behind the leading Vancouver Canucks.

Michal Rozsival and Brandon Dubinsky scored for New York (20-16-4). Gomez and Jaromir Jagr each had two assists extending their point-scoring streaks to 13 games (4 goals, 15 assists) for Gomez and eight games for Jagr (4 goals, 10 assists).

Down 2-0, New York got on the scoreboard at 16:35 of the second when Gomez and Jagr worked the puck back to the blue-line where Rozsival's rising slapshot deflected in off Dion Phaneuf.

It was Rozsival's 10th goal of the season, tying him for the league lead among defencemen with Montreal's Andrei Markov and Washington's Mike Green.

The Rangers continued to press for the tying goal in the late going of the second period but were turned away repeatedly by Kiprusoff.

First, it was Straka setting up Jagr's one-timer that Kiprusoff smothered. Then, in the waning seconds of the period, Dubinsky spotted Hossa open at the side of the net but Kiprusoff acrobatically kicked out his pad to get a toe on what looked to be a sure goal.

Calgary took a 1-0 lead just 1:39 into the game when Aucoin's high slapshot from just inside the blue-line got past Lundqvist who was screened on the play by Iginla.

Notes - New York's Petr Prucha (wrist) missed his second game in a row... For Calgary, healthy scratches were veteran forwards Marcus Nilson and Wayne Primeau. Nilson has been in the press box 10 of the last 11 games while Primeau has been sat the past two games... Calgary D Rhett Warrener (ankle) is back practicing with the team and is expected to rejoin the line-up at any time. Warrener has missed the past 18 games... Calgary had not played New York at home since losing to them in November 2002. The last time the Flames had beaten the Rangers at home was Feb. 22, 1999, which was Wayne Gretzky's last appearance in Calgary as a player.

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Iginla continues torrid scoring with two goals as Flames burn Rangers