Jarome Iginla Picks Up 700th Point in Flames' Loss to Columbus

Jason HackettAnalyst IDecember 2, 2007

When your team is in a slump, you generally don't worry about personal records.

Tonight was no exception.

Jarome Iginla picked up an assist off of Adrian Aucoin's shot from the point in the third period.

Although the original announcement of the goal didn't give Iginla the assist, it was added latter on.

But even after they announced that Iginla picked up his 700th point, no one acknowledged the occasion. It isn't the best time to celebrate when you're sitting on the bench drinking some water a couple minutes after the fact.

But on a night where his team couldn't make ends meet, it would have been the bright spot of the night.

If was a sad affair for the Flames, who were seemingly doing everything right, but once again failed to come out on top. 

The Flames lost to the a handful of Columbus players, who I like to call the Prairie connection. Why? Because they all have a connection to either Alberta or Saskatchewan.

First, you have Kris Russell, who was not only solid the entire night, but picked up an assist on the OT winner. He is from Kathrine, Alberta—a small town north of Calgary.

Then you have Kris Beech, a hard-nosed player who worked his butt of every shift he got in his second NHL appearance of the season. Beech used to play for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.

Then there is Curtis Glencross from Kindersley, SK, who also played his junior hockey in Brooks, Alberta. Glencross scored two goals, including the game winner in OT.

Back to Jarome Iginla, who was easily the Flames best player by far. Iginla fought to get the Flames back into the game, netting a hard fought goal and the assist—a.k.a. the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick." He could have easily have been the player of the game, despite the loss.

The Flames came out with their guns blazing to start off the game, but were unable to put anything past Frederik Norrena.

http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2007/0927/nhl_g_nash_580.jpgThen, just as the Flames looked to be on the verge to taking the game into their own hands, the Blue Jackets scored quickly after a faceoff in the Flames zone, as Zherdev took a pass from Rick Nash and powered it past an unexpecting Kipursoff.

The Flames looked completely stunned by this, and were unable to continue their previous intensity. Their deflation became more evident by the Blue Jackets second goal late in the first, when Glencross wristed home a loose puck into a gaping net.

In the second period, the Flames were again unable to hit the net or get any momentum going their way.

Cue Jarome Iginla to power them back into the game.

Iginla got into a scrap with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen early in the 2nd period and won the decision quite easily. This gave his teammates a boost, although it did take a Rick Nash penalty to really turn the Flames loose.

With Iginla still in the box, Daymond Langkow ended a goal-scoring slump, as he tipped home an Adrian Aucoin point shot to give the Flames a little bit of life.

The Flames seemingly had a little more fire, but still couldn't hit the net if it was 500 feet wide. Again, cue Jarome Iginla, who took a loose puck in front of the net and backhanded home the game-tying goal from his back. The Flames were firing on all cylinders and looking for the go-ahead goal.

Early in the third period, both teams were going back and forth when Zherdev flew past three Flames players, forcing Sarich to trip him up with his leg. Yet another bad bounce for Calgary, as a pass was accidentally tipped past Kipper by Alex Tanguay. No goal was scored, but it was still not a great feeling for the Flames bench.

Soon after, while the Flames had the puck, CBC showed a replay of Adam Foote kicking a goal into his own net. As soon as that replay ended, Aucoin took a shot from the point that went off of Foote's foot and into the net. Finally a bounce that went the Flames' way—and in the most ironic of ways as well.

The Flames were once again pressing for the lead and the win, but Huselius couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, and the Flames couldn't muster anything of substance.

Going into overtime, it looked like the Flames had all of the momentum. However, the Flames' sloppy play in their own end took over, and after beating a Calgary defenseman on a race to the puck behind Kipper, Beech threw the puck in front of the net to a waiting Glencross.

Glencross wristed it past Kipper quite easily, and the Flames went had lost another game.

Icon Sports MediaIt was a great night for the Blue Jackets, as they ended their own winless slump, but the Flames are riding a thin bubble. They did pick up a point, but a team struggling as badly as the Flames are needs wins like this to boost their confidence.

When you are slumping and you lose to another slumping team, it pushes the light at the end of the tunnel even further away.

The Flames had all of the momentum that a team could possibly need, but poor coverage in their own end allowed the Blue Jackets to jump on multiple scoring chances, and Columbus was able to turn those chances into a win.

Not only was Iginla's milestone overlooked, but the Flames continued to slip further down the Western Conference standings.


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