There was a dustup at the Dome yesterday, but no punches were thrown.
With a monster truck event taking over the Saddledome all weekend, the Flames practised amidst the cleanup yesterday. Although the ice surface was fine after the plywood was taken off, the lower-bowl seating was still pulled back.
"What we said when we walked out there was it felt like the outdoor game," said Flames RW David Moss, who played for Michigan during the infamous tilt with Michigan State.
"It was weird having the stands so far back."
The Flames had originally scheduled a practice away from the Dome to allow staff to do their work. Despite trashed cars still in the parking lot and a layer of dirt everywhere in the lower bowl, the ice surface was prepared for practice. When fans show up tonight for the tilt with the Canucks, no one will remember how dingy it was.
BUSY BERT, DION EARN REST
LW Todd Bertuzzi and D Dion Phaneuf were the only two Flames missing from practice yesterday. Head coach Mike Keenan says there's nothing to worry about and both are healthy, if a little tired.
"I double-shifted Todd in the last couple of games and gave him a little bit more rest. As you know, Dion has had the greatest workload of our players throughout the season," Keenan said. "Another day of rest."
IGGY REBOUND PREDICTED
Keenan isn't worried about RW Jarome Iginla's goal drought.
"I hate to bring up the history of my career, but we won a Stanley Cup (with the New York Rangers in 1994)," Keenan said. "Mark Messier went 22 games in a row without scoring a goal, but he scored a hat-trick in Game 6 to keep us alive and move into the Jersey series ... I'm not worried about Jarome."
D Cory Sarich has five points in his last five games ... D Jim Vandermeer rejoined his teammates at practice yesterday. He tried to return too early from a fractured ankle a few weeks back.