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Blood starts boiling on the Pond

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Imagine the heat if the Flames and Ducks met more often.

This has the makings of a nasty rivalry. Last night's 4-2 Anaheim victory had plenty of bad blood simmering with the possibility of it coming to a full boil.

"We knew they like to play every game on the edge physically and their discipline can go either way," said Flames blueliner Robyn Regehr. "That goes back to them being the most penalized team. We were trying to take advantage of that."

It involved plenty of nastiness. The tone was set when Calgary's Eric Godard took his first shift, duking it out with Anaheim policeman George Parros in a spirited heavyweight battle.

When Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf unloaded on Travis Moen with a hard check later in the first period -- Moen was bleeding from his face after it hit the boards -- the bump set off fireworks.

It wasn't to the degree of the famous brawl at the Saddledome a few seasons back, but the makings were there.

Phaneuf was the target for the Ducks, rocked once by Chris Kunitz and in the sights of several others. Phaneuf was the recipient of a knee-on-knee hit from Parros near the end, but shrugged it all off.

"I get targeted most nights," he said. "I play a physical style so it's no secret to you and me guys always want to finish their checks on me. That's part of the game. They made some good hits on me."

The seeds of a duel between Flames captain Jarome Iginla and Moen germinated a couple of times before they dropped the gloves with 30 seconds remaining.

Perhaps the nastiest action came between Regehr and Corey Perry. Regehr clobbered Perry a couple of times, once causing Parros to jaw at him from the bench, and another time setting off a scuffle that also included Owen Nolan.

Regehr and Perry -- who Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said is "no angel" -- met again late, with both dishing out dirty hits, Perry a slew foot and Regehr cross checks and a slash to Perry's ankle. A scrum with all 10 skaters ensued.

"Some of them (incidents) were just emotions," Regehr said. "With myself and Perry there, he slew-footed me twice and got me from behind and knocked me down, so any chance I had to get him I was trying to make life as miserable as possible for him. I have no respect for that kind of play and that type of player."


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