The Calgary Flames are currently fighting for their playoff lives. They are sixth in the Western Conference but there is only four points that separate them from the 12 seed and earlier this week they got a big 3-2 win over the Predators, thanks in part to a goal on a penalty shot by longtime captain Jarome Iginla, in the second period. With the goal, Iginla became just the 10th NHL player to reach 30 goals in 10 straight seasons.
The only other players to accomplish the feat were Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, Marcel Dionne, Jaromir Jagr, Mike Gartner, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri and Darryl Sittler.
The 33-year-old Iginla, who was awarded the penalty shot after he was grabbed from behind on a breakaway, scored in front of the Calgary faithful to earn the milestone. More importantly for the Flames, it helped give them a big win. In his career, Iginla is just two for eight on penalty shots, with his other goal coming back in 2005 against the Coyotes.
“I never dreamt it would be on a penalty shot,” Iginla said. “I’ve had a few of them in front of the fans here at home and I haven’t put any penalty shots in at home until that, so that was a treat for me.”
Iginla has 471 goals career goals, which puts him two behind Denis Savard and Alexander Mogilny for 49th place in NHL history. With that being said, is he a future Hall of Famer?
If you answered yes, then you are correct!
At his age, he is still considered in his prime and he has already accomplished so much – two Olympic gold medals, two Rocket Richard trophies, and an Art Ross Trophy. Iginla has spent his entire career with the Flames, something that is not easy to do in the free agent era, not to mention he has captained the team since 2003. Seven years there is impressive in such a large, demanding market but Iginla has remained the leader even after potential trade talks during the trade deadline last month.
Iginla also holds several Calgary Flames records including most games played and most goals scored. Though he is not a point per game player (1024 games played and 920 points) at this point in his career, Iginla has numbers comparable to that which Oilers great Glenn Anderson finished his career.
The only thing he hasn’t done was drink from the cup, but hey there is still plenty of time…right?
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