Road dust-ups add a little punch to holidays

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

So much for those family Christmas photos to treasure.

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla arrived home in time for the festive season sporting a nasty black eye and a handful of stitches courtesy a fight with Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn in the final game before the break.

“We had to show the other side for the pictures,” Iginla said of his wounds.

“One day, I’ll look back at it and laugh. It’s part of playing hockey.”

It’s a part that his children, at least two of them, are starting to understand.

“The six year old (Jade) and four year old (Tij), they get it,” Iginla said of the cuts which come with playing hockey, not necessarily the fight.

“They understand boo-boos because they get them. But the little guy (two-year-old Joe) didn’t like it too much. Usually, he kisses the boo-boos better, but he didn’t want to kiss this one.”

Iginla isn’t the only Flames player who had damage done during the three-game road swing.

Tim Jackman is also sporting the raccoon look, with a pair of black eyes and a broken nose. He fought Columbus Blue Jackets enforcer Jared Boll on the pre-Christmas road trip.

Iginla’s fight with Benn raised eyebrows, not because of the combatants, but because of what transpired.

Despite Iginla obviously suggesting the second-year NHLer also doff his helmet — which Iginla did because he wears a visor — Benn didn’t remove his lid.

“He told me to, and I thought

it meant both of us, so I said, ‘Sure,’ ” Iginla said. “I’m not sure what happened after that. But as far as him not taking his off, I’m not too concerned. You’d rather both take off the helmet, but it’s not that big of a deal.”

Ice chips

Flames D Steve Staios resumed skating just before Christmas but isn’t ready to practice yet. He suffered cracked ribs Dec. 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks.


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