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Oilers' Gagner — tough guy

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

EDMONTON - COLUMBUS — The Calgary Flames are going to need some bigger guys.

If they want to continue tangling with Sam Gagner, anyway.

The Oilers lightweight improved his record to 2-0 against the Flames by winning a clear cut decision over six-foot-three, 215-lb Olli jokinen late in the second period.

“I felt all right,” said Gagner, who checks in at about five-10 and 191. “Obviously he’s got the reach advantage so I wanted to keep it in tight. I don’t know that much about fighting, but I figured just hold on and chuck them when I got a chance.”

Gagner also put a whupping on Craig Conroy last season, and had a pretty good tilt with Ryan Kesler during a line brawl in Vancouver a couple of years ago.

“You better be able to stick up for yourself at the very least,” said head coach Tom Renney, who liked the way his whole team responded in Calgary, with Colin Fraser and Jason Strudwick also getting busy. “And as a team you want to make sure you’re there for each other, that was another growth point for our team. They understand they’re capable of doing that and need to do that.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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