Flames put their dukes up

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

When it comes to throwing fists, Andre Roy is just as happy to watch.

He's had plenty of opportunities to do that with the Calgary Flames.

"This is the first team I've played on that anybody will fight. (Nobody will) back down," said Roy, who was signed last summer to take over as the team's heavyweight after the departure of Eric Godard. "In Tampa, I was pretty much the only guy that would fight. Anyone else, it was pretty rare.

"Here, it's like every game there's a different guy almost."

Wednesday night in a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars, it was Jamie Lundmark dropping the gloves with Steve Ott.

Lundmark was the latest, but he's got plenty of company in that category.

Fifteen current Flames have scrapped at least once this season. As a team, they sit fifth with 57 fighting majors.

Tonight's opponent, the St. Louis Blues, are third in the NHL with 62.

"Usually, you've got a team where you've got three or four guys who really fight," said winger Michael Cammalleri, who is one of those yet to mix it up this season.

"On this team, you've got three or four guys that don't really fight much. The rest of the team will fight any time."

Sparring his fair share this season, Eric Nystrom loves the way the Flames show no fear, skill player or fourth-liner.

"I think that's one of the things that's good about this team. If someone's challenged, from top to bottom, you're going to see guys answer the bell," said Nystrom.

"There are some teams in the league that maybe you can push around because you know they've got guys that aren't going to do much."

Pushing the Flames around isn't an option.

The Blues have discovered that through a season series that has seen seven fights and four misconducts in three meetings.

"It's a good thing. It's a good way to operate as a team," said Cory Sarich, who fought both Brad Winchester and Cam Janssen in their second contest. "You know if you get in a scrum with a team like that, hey, it could be anyone that's grabbing you.

"It might keep other teams in line, too, at times."

With every opponent down the stretch scratching and clawing for position, Sarich figures the animosity might bubble to the surface all the way to the playoffs.

"These games are desperate," he said. "The emotions are high and things like that just happen."

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FIGHT CARD

How many times they've dropped the gloves:

Andre Roy 9

Eric Nystrom 9

Dion Phaneuf 4

Cory Sarich 4

Mark Giordano 3

Jarome Iginla 3

Robyn Regehr 3

Jim Vandermeer 3

Rene Bourque 2

Curtis Glencross 2

Todd Bertuzzi 1

Olli Jokinen 1

Jamie Lundmark 1

Adam Pardy 1

Warren Peters 1

TOUGH TEAMS

MOST FIGHTING MAJORS IN 2008-09

Anaheim Ducks 71

Philadelphia Flyers 64

St. Louis Blues 62

Edmonton Oilers 60

Calgary Flames 57


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