Despite being the career leader in goals against Minnesota Wild, Jarome Iginla hadn’t scored one in 10 games.
He certainly broke out of his slump in a big way.
Iginla recorded his 10th career hat trick — his third against Minnesota — and Vesa Toskala made 27 saves in his first start since being traded to Calgary as the Flames beat the Wild 5-2 on Sunday. Rene Bourque and Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, who stayed within a point of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Iginla hadn’t scored a goal against Minnesota since March 22, 2008 — he had a hat trick in that game, too.
That’s a long time in light of the fact that Minnesota and Calgary are in the same division and play 6 times a year.
Toskala was traded to Anaheim for Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Jan. 31, and then to Calgary for Curtis McElhinney on March 3. He made his first start since Jan. 30, when he was still minding net for Toronto, playing in place of resting Olympian Miikka Kiprusoff. He looked solid in net for his new team, save for the couple of second-period goals by Latendresse, who has 21 goals in 39 games since being acquired by the Wild.
Toskala who was a excellent number #2, struggled terribly(2.74, 3.26 and 3.66 GAA average respectively) in Toronto over parts of three seasons and didn’t even play during his short time in Anaheim. He played great today, but one result is not enough proof to say this marks a comeback for the Finnish born Goalie.
Minnesota plays the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. I hope the cats tame the Wild also.
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