Cammalleri cheap shot has Iron Mike mad

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:05 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Michael Cammalleri escaped the wrath of the NHL.

But not the wrath of Iron Mike.

Cammalleri didn't receive a suspension for his third-period forearm shot to the chops on Martin Havlat, but Flames head coach Mike Keenan let it be known in no uncertain terms he wasn't impressed with his left-winger's actions.

"He took a poor penalty," Keenan said.

Cammalleri and Havlat were jostling and jawing at each other before the puck dropped, which prompted an official to come over and tell them to stop.

"Michael didn't heed the advice," Keenan said. "I think it was (Wes) McCauley that went over and spoke to him, and he retaliated and took a poor penalty."

Cammalleri received a minor for high-sticking, and the league looked into the infraction.

"It wasn't intentional," Cammalleri insisted. "We were kinda pushing on each other and I thought he was going to come at me. I was trying to battle a little bit and my hand got up high. It's a bad play by me.

"It's a penalty we don't need to be taking."

For their part, the Blackhawks weren't concerned yesterday. Havlat didn't practice but said he's fine and it was only to rest. He scored twice for Chicago, including the winner, in the 3-2 game.

"I'm not complaining," head coach Joel Quenneville said. "They've got their criteria and their history, and I think they know what they're looking for."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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