Flames palooka ready

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:53 AM ET

CALGARY -- Brian McGrattan tried to get Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Stortini to pay the piper.

Having had a close view of Stortini's hit on Jarome Iginla in front of the benches and the subsequent melee that followed, McGrattan tried to exact a hint of revenge for the Flames captain.

Stortini wouldn't oblige, but it worked out just as well for McGrattan.

He called for Stortini to fight on the shift when Dustin Boyd stole the puck and the ensuing play resulted in Eric Nystrom's goal in the second period of Calgary's 5-2 win.

Instead of a five-minute stint in the sin bin, McGrattan was able to enjoy a positive on the ledger.

"Yeah, plus-1," he said.

Still, you know McGrattan will remember Stortini's hit on Iginla.

After Iginla dumped the puck into the offensive zone and was about to turn to the bench, Stortini came charging in and caught him in the chest.

No penalty was called on the borderline hit -- which may have been a bit of retribution for Iginla's incident with Sheldon Souray the previous meeting, when Iginla tripped the Oilers defenceman as they headed to the end boards and Souray ended up with a concussion.

McGrattan may very well look for Stortini when the teams meet twice in a four-day span after Christmas.

"That can't be tolerated here. Those guys can't be taking shots at Jarome like that. But there's always next game. If he wants to fight, I'll fight him," McGrattan said. "We lined up and asked him. I told him, 'You can't hit him (like that). I've got to fight you.'

"But you can't take a stupid penalty. We're up a goal, I think, at the time, maybe two. You take a dumb penalty and they pop one or two on the power play and they're back in the game.

"You have to kinda do it within the rules of the game."

McGrattan has already become a fan favourite in Calgary and took his status to another level with a long heavyweight fight with Edmonton's Steve MacIntyre which featured all kinds of big swings.

"I saw him there and said, 'Hey, you wanna go,' " McGrattan said. "I gave him a yell, he turned around and that was it."

Flames fans feasting

The Flames are feasting on opposing goalies this season.

Their fans are enjoying the taste in more than one way.

A promotion this season with the Subway sandwich company earns an entire section of fans in the Saddledome a gift card when the Flames score five goals.

The Flames have given their faithful a lot of dough because of it.

"Oh really? That's good," said Flames winger Nigel Dawes with a happy smile immediately after the team's 5-2 Saturday night win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Calgary has hit the magic number three times during their five-game homestand.

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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