Jarome Iginla Ignites Calgary Flames

Steve McSweenSenior Analyst IDecember 21, 2007

Icon Sports MediaAfter another roller coaster start to the season the Calgary Flames look to be on track, thanks mainly to the play of their leader Jarome Iginla.

The Flames are coming off a 6-0 December road trip to remember that propelled them up in the Western Conference standings.

During the run Iginla and his linemates Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius racked up 30 points and 16 goals in the last five games, making them hotter than a Led Zeppelin reunion show ticket.

For his efforts the Flames captain earned player of the week honors, scoring a league best seven goals and four assists last week in four games during the run. He is also second in league scoring with 24 goals and 25 assists and may even get the invite to coach Iron Mike Keenan's for Christmas turkey this year.

All in all, this has been a typical start for the Calgary Flames, who are usually streakier than Will Ferrell in Old School, but it has not been due to the captains efforts this year as he has been as consistent.

Now it is just going to be up to the rest of the team to rise up to the level of play that led them to the finals in 2003-04. Namely Mikka Kiprusoff who has a woefull save percentage of .895 and a goals against average of 2.83. No wonder Iginla has felt the need to score more often than a Ron Jeremy flick.

It will definitely be an interesting second half after Christmas to see what Flames bunch will emerge, but if we have learned anything over the past few seasons Jarome Iginla usually saves his best for last—and this year looks to be no different.