Gold ol' times in past

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 AM ET

Cheers wont be raining down from the stands for Jarome Iginla when he steps on the ice this time.

The Vancouver Games are over. Canada Hockey Place has reverted to GM Place, and Iginla is once again a hated rival.

Back to the visitors dressing room for Sunday nights game against the Canucks, Iginla will be trying to score against Olympic teammate Roberto Luongo, not patting him on the back.

I wouldnt say theres any extra, theres always enough motivation there, Iginla said Saturday of facing Luongo after the two won gold together just a couple of weeks ago. Its business.

Since the two mined gold at Canada Hockey Place, theyve gone in different directions.

Iginla has been hot. Luongo has come under fire for some sketchy performances.

He wasnt exactly the picture of perfection against the worlds best, but Luongo has always given the Flames fits.

Thats what we expect to see every time, said Iginla, who has four goals and seven points in five post-Olympic games.

The golden glow has followed him around.

Im thrilled the way it worked out, Iginla said.

And he wasnt just talking about the gold medal. He feels the tournament took his play to another level.

I think the Olympics is good for the guys who played there. I think its good for your game, Iginla said. Its playoff hockey. The speed is faster than the regular-season. Every game is like the Game 7. Even the countries that dont do as well, they can all skate.

It gets you moving again. It gets you going at top speed. It gets you going like the playoffs. I think theres a positive for players coming out of it. I felt it coming out of all three Olympics. Its playoffs before the playoffs.

With all the energizing memories he made there, dont be surprised if Iginla takes a quick glance down the hallway to the Canucks dressing room. He called it home for a couple of glorious weeks.

Its very nice. They renovated it, Iginla said with a laugh. It was pretty spectacular, theres no question.

They live well there.

It looked like a lot different place with the way they had it set up for the Olympics. With the stands all red everywhere, it definitely didnt feel like the regular Vancouver.

A quick look up into the stands packed with the Canucks colours instead of Team Canadas faithful in red and white will remind Iginla what hes playing for now.

And which side hes on.


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