Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jarome Iginla Has Goal and an Assist, Leads Kings to 4-1 Win over Flames

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jarome Iginla Has Goal and an Assist, Leads Kings to 4-1 Win over Flames

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Iginla leads Kings past his former team in Calgary

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CALGARY - Jarome Iginla hasn't decided yet if this will be his final NHL season. But if it is, he had a stirring final game in the city that was his home for 16 seasons.

Iginla scored his 100th career game-winning goal, added an assist and also had a fight as the Los Angeles Kings kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames.

"I don't know how many more games I'll play here, but this will be one that I will remember," said Iginla, who turns 40 on July 1. "I go back and forth. I'll see how the year finishes and talk to my family and go from there."

Tied 1-1, Iginla's goal with 46 seconds remaining in the second period gave the visitors the lead for good.

In a mad scramble around the crease, Iginla couldn't get his shot through but Mark Giordano, lying flat on his belly, accidentally swept the puck into his own net while trying to pull the puck under Brian Elliott, who was also sprawled.

"I'm sure he's had a couple of those games before in this building," said Kings centre Anze Kopitar, who had a goal and an assist. "He comes to the rink every day, gives it his all. I think for the majority, if not all of us, we're very privileged to be in his presence."

It was Iginla's fifth goal in 13 games since being acquired by Los Angeles at the trade deadline. It also gives him 624 goals for his career, moving him to within one of Joe Sakic for 15th all-time.

"At the age he is and what he did, it's pretty remarkable and a good lesson for lots of young players. It's the reason he's still playing," said Flames coach Glen Gulutzan.

Trevor Lewis and Jeff Carter also scored for Los Angeles (36-33-7). The Kings trail the Nashville Predators for the final wild card spot by 10 points with six games remaining.

Dougie Hamilton had the lone goal for Calgary (43-30-4). Johnny Gaudreau had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (2 goals, 8 assists).

The Flames remain in the first wild card spot, one point up on the Predators, who have a game in hand. …

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