Iginla, Cammalleri help Flames sting Blue Jackets

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CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Captain Jarome Iginla scored two

goals and set up two others and Mike Cammalleri recorded a goal

and two assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 triumph over

the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Defenseman Dion Phaneuf also tallied and Miikka Kiprusoff made

28 saves for the Flames, who have won three games in a row and

six of their last eight.

"Their best players were their best players tonight," Columbus

coach Ken Hitchcock said. "That's what they needed. Kiprusoff

was really good early, Iginla and Cammalleri were very good, and

Phaneuf was very good. They had it going."

R.J. Umberger scored and rookie Steve Mason stopped 24 shots for

the Blue Jackets, who opened their three-game trip through

Western Canada on a sour note after winning six of their

previous eight contests.

Phaneuf snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal with 8:03 left

in the second period after orchestrating a give-and-go with

Cammalleri along the left wing boards. Phaneuf skated into the

high slot and unleashed a slap shot past Mason, who was screened

by David Moss.

"I'm a firm believer that power-play goals go in most time

because of a great screen and I think that's what Moss did

there," Cammalleri said.

Cammalleri provided the two-goal bulge with 4:48 remaining in

the middle session, netting his team-leading 30th goal of the

season.

The cushion was more than enough for the Flames, who allowed

just seven shots in each of the last two periods en route to

improving to 21-7-4 at home this season.

"We got much better as the game went on, I thought we had a bit

of a slow start," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "Miikka was

really sharp to begin the game and once we established the lead,

I thought we played well defensively.

"Probably the most outstanding thing I could comment on tonight

was the leadership of our group, (defenseman) Robyn (Regehr)

killing penalties, Jarome taking charge, (defenseman) Cory

Sarich and Kipper."

Iginla added an empty-netter with 31 ticks to play for his 24th

goal of the campaign to seal the win for Calgary.

"I'm feeling the puck better, and I think as a line we're

getting sharper and creating more chances," Iginla said. "I

think we're all starting to feel a lot better. Cammy's been

going for awhile, but the rest of us are catching up."

"I think he's (Iginla) been solid for us all year, being a

leader and doing the intangibles that some people don't see on a

daily basis," Cammalleri said. "Nights like tonight, it shows

on the scoresheet. But he's always providing for us one way or

another."

Iginla, who has four goals in the last four games, opened the

scoring just 45 seconds into the contest. But Umberger answered

that tally less than 2 1/2 minutes later to level the contest at

1-1.

"It's a tough place to come into," Columbus captain Rick Nash

said. "They have a good team, a good crowd and they play a

rough style. I wish I had the answer why we can't win here."

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