Calgary Flames' fourth line adding punch without penalties

The New Jersey Devils' Bryce Salvador is taken into the boards by Calgary Flames tough-guy Brian...

The New Jersey Devils' Bryce Salvador is taken into the boards by Calgary Flames tough-guy Brian McGrattan Friday night at the Saddledome. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

CALGARY - Joe Colborne isn’t invincible — but he’s pretty close to feeling that way.

That’ll happen when you’re a 6-foot-5 centre lining up between notorious tough guys Brian McGrattan and Tim Jackman with the Calgary Flames.

“I feel pretty tough out there — I’ll tell you that much,” Colborne said with a laugh.

“I think I could get away with just about anything.”

It’s not just Colborne who appreciates the duo’s powerful presence. The big-bodied combo gives the Flames an intimidating fourth line that’s provided the NHL team’s young assets a much-needed sense of security.

“It definitely creates an atmosphere where teams don’t want to take advantage of our smaller guys,” Colborne said. “The other teams are definitely a little more hesitant to play dirty.”


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