Iggy popped, Oilers rocked

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Note to the Oilers: Don't make Jarome Iginla angry.

After last night, they probably don't need a memo to remind them of this. The scorch marks Calgary's captain left all over their backsides is reminder enough.

After being hauled down on a first-period breakaway by Chris Pronger and slamming awkwardly into the end boards, Iginla got up bleeding, lit into the referees for the non-call, and spent the rest of the night venting his anger on Edmonton .

"He's supposed to," shrugged Flames coach Darryl Sutter, whose captain scored twice in a 3-1 win, had a mitt full of chances, and danced around the Oilers defencemen like they were standing still. "That's what good players do."

Iginla, who doesn't need a lot of motivation when the Flames are playing Edmonton, admits the first-period play got his blood boiling.

"I really thought it was going to be a penalty shot," he said.

"I was going in and just as I was making a move, it felt like (Pronger pulled him down). I went in pretty hard, got up, my mouth was bleeding, I was just upset with the whole play. But that's part of hockey."

GETS YOU FIRED UP

So is getting even.

"It definitely gets you fired up when you're that close to a scoring chance, and it doesn't work out and you end up on your face on the boards," he said.

"What was nice was right after that, a minute and a half later, to get a nice pass from Matthew Lombardi in front of the net and see it go in."

He'd score again, the insurance marker at 11:26 of the second period, to round out the wrath.

"It's fun to compete," grinned Iginla, who came into the game with 540 points, sixth on the Flames all-time scoring list (22 behind Kent Nilsson). "It feels good, it definitely feels good to win in Edmonton."

IMPROVED THEIR RECORD

The win improved Calgary's record against the tough Northwest Division to 14-3-2 (Edmonton dropped to 9-9-0) and 4-1-1 in six games against the Oilers.

Winger Darren McCarty says the Flames have placed an emphasis on divisional games all year and it shows in the results.

"As tight as the Northwest is, you have to win, you have to get points," he said. "Last time we were in here, we had a chance to put seven points between us and we didn't do it. To be a good team, if you make a mistake the first time, you have to win the second time."

Sutter, who knows full well that Calgary's record against Edmonton last season was the reason they made the playoffs and Edmonton didn't, likes what he's seen from his guys in the Northwest battles.

"When you play a team eight times, if you can get 10 out of 16 points, don't ask for much more," he said. "These teams are all so close that to be able to come into their building and win is huge for our team."

Iginla knows it's true, and it showed.

"We know they're going to be huge challenges," he said. "We have a lot of respect for the teams in our division. They always seem to be close games, but we've been fortunate. Because of good goaltending we seem to win our share."

A steaming mad captain helps, too.

"Some guys," said McCarty, "you don't really want to get them fired up."


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