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Iginla blast draws blood

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

Jarome Iginla hit Jeff Weber flush in the face with a hard shot.

Not only did it break a clip on Weber's goalie mask, it sent the protector into his jaw to the point his teeth cut his lip.

But he couldn't stop smiling.

"That's something I'll probably remember the rest of my life," Weber said.

"He apologized, too. It's something I can brag about.

"I'm just happy I made the save."

Flames back-up goaltender Curtis McElhinney missed yesterday's practice to be with his wife after the birth of their son, so the Flames turned to Weber and fellow U of C netminder Nathan Deobald to mind the twine.

"At first, you felt like you're in a video game with Dion Phaneuf and Jarome Iginla coming down and shooting on you," Weber said.

"At first, I was frozen. After a drill, you relax and feel like you belong."

It was a perfectly timed pick-me-up for the Dinos goalies, after their team was eliminated from CIS playoff contention this past weekend.

Weber, a Buffalo Sabres eighth-round pick in 2003, came to the U of C after bouncing through the minors for three seasons.

Deobald played at Notre Dame with Rene Bourque and had a spell with the Moose Jaw Warriors with Dustin Boyd.

"Before the practice, Boyd gave the same look he'd give me in Moose Jaw before he went top cheese on me twice in a row. It brought back memories of my junior career," he said with a laugh.

SHOOTOUT LESSONS

Flames fans were chuckling at Sam Gagner's misfortune in Saturday night's shootout, but Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made a miscue of his own on the play.

Gagner lost control of the puck and peeled off, and Kiprusoff nonchalantly skated to the loose puck to tap it away.

One of the referees immediately told Kiprusoff the puck was still live since it was moving forward, and Gagner actually had the right to circle back and try a shot.

Therefore, he was informed it's best to immediately tap it away.

"He just went to the corner, so I thought it was over," Kiprusoff said.

"He told me to be a little quicker to touch it because it's a live play. I wasn't sure about that rule, but good thing nothing happened."

Kiprusoff has told a few teammates about it, letting them know if they lose possession, they can continue as long as the puck is moving forward.

"Maybe (Todd) Bertuzzi will try something like that next game," he added.

JUST A SCARE FOR MOSS

Having lost two players to injury in successive games last week, you can understand the trepidation among the Flames after David Moss was accidentally clobbered by teammate Dustin Boyd late in Saturday night's game.

Moss was down for a few minutes, needed help going to the bench, didn't take another shift and was limping after.

However, he was showing no ill effects in practice yesterday.

"I thought it was a bit worse at first," he said.

"When the trainers looked at it, they thought it could have been a problem, but I had a couple of days off to rest and recover. I feel better."

Moss was carrying the puck, so he said Boyd was at fault for the collision.

"It's Boyder's fault, for sure," he joked. "There's no question. He's got to have his head up. I had the puck. He got me pretty good. He got a little charley horse, but I got the worst of it."


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