Nobody was questioning Jarome Iginla's leadership skills at this time last year.
Although the Calgary Flames captain's squad was destined to miss the playoffs for a second straight season, he almost singlehandedly willed them to make the race interesting. Over his final seven games, he scored 10 goals and added five assists, dominating games as they went 4-2-1 over the final week-and-a-half of action.
Barring a dramatic reversal of his current slump, which has seen him go five straight games without so much as a point, Iginla will be questioned plenty if he allows the Flames' playoff hopes to die quietly.
"We don't feel we're out of it by any means, but we know we've stumbled a bit in these games," Iginla said after Thursday's loss to the Minnesota Wild, seemingly the only calm and collected player in the visitors room.
"We respect all these teams, but you look at the standings, there's teams we feel we didn't play our best games against and could have got wins."
Edmonton, Columbus and Minnesota are all behind the Flames in the standings. They lost to each of them. Iginla was held off the scoresheet in them all.
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Calgary Sun | Mar 24