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Phaneuf draws Parker's ire after pre-game scuffle

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

DENVER -- Dion Phaneuf referred to it as "old-time hockey."

Daymond Langkow said it was "just guys having fun."

Either way, it made for some tense moments before last night's clash and bad blood during the 5-2 Calgary Flames win over the Colorado Avalanche.

In the pre-game warm-up, both teams gathered at centre ice due to an altercation between Phaneuf and Avs enforcer Scott Parker.

"We bumped into each other," Phaneuf said of the gathering that was quickly diffused, although with plenty of words and gestures before being broken up. "He gave me a shot, and we kinda just started chatting from there.

"But it was kinda mutual -- we were both kinda on the red line."

The nastiness, at least from Parker, didn't end there, and it's likely going to cost the Flames the services of their policeman -- Eric Godard -- for two games.

Parker, who took the game's first penalty with a elbow on Craig Conroy that was called high sticking, spent pretty much all of his time on the ice going after Phaneuf.

Twice, well after the whistle, he punched the Flames blueliner but didn't receive a penalty.

Then, late in the second, he cross-checked Phaneuf just below the throat, sending him to the ice. Godard stepped in and fought Parker and received an instigator penalty. It's Godard's third instigator, which is an automatic two-game suspension.

Parker received a major for cross-checking and game misconduct, on top of his major for fighting.

Flames head coach Mike Keenan was upset the officials had ample opportunity to curb Parker's enthusiasm but didn't, pointing out there was a spell during a TV timeout the Colorado forward was jawing at the Calgary bench.

"The referees could have solved the problem right there," Keenan said. "It's a tough call, because Eric had to go to the aid of his teammate, because not only did he cross check him -- we could have lost Dion Phaneuf for the season, it was very hard ... -- he clubbed him when he was down. When he was down, he hit him with his stick.

"Eric gets the instigator, when the officials could have done their job earlier.

"I don't know if it's reviewable or not, but it should be."

For the most part, Phaneuf bit his lip about Parker's actions, refusing to say Parker had crossed the line.

"I'm all for playing physical -- it's my style of game, --but that was a little bit dirty," he said. "I play a physical style of game, and he plays a physical style of game, but any time you cross check a guy like that, I know it's not in the rules."

Parker refused to comment, but Avs head coach Joel Quenneville said, "I have no complaints with what (Parker) did."

Phaneuf wouldn't speculate if Parker targeted him due to the pre-game brouhaha.


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