Finally a little bad blood

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:08 PM ET


 TAMPA -- The Calgary Flames shrugged off last night's dustups that came late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.

 After it became clear the Tampa Bay Lightning would tie the best of seven playoff matchup 1-1, the Flames went seeking retribution and got it by the fistful.

 Defenceman Andrew Ference beat up Lightning forward Cory Stillman late in the third period, apparent payback for Stillman's elbow to the head of Flames forward Marcus Nilson in Game 1.

 Lightning left-winger Andre Roy also slew-footed Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, prompting a fight with rugged Chris Simon.

 "It's the Stanley Cup final and we expect it to be intense. So what?" shrugged Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener, answering questions about last night's fisticuffs.

 "The guy came in to slew-foot our goalie, you have to do something."

 In addition to 22 minor penalties, both teams were handed five-minute fighting majors, while Simon, Martin Gelinas and Chuck Kobasew were dealt misconducts. Lightning forward Chris Dingman was handed two 10-minute misconducts, while Tampa defenceman Pavel Kubina also received a 10-minute misconduct.

 Captain Jarome Iginla said the physical play late in the game was the result of the Flames falling behind, allowing the Lightning to tie the series.

 "Obviously, we didn't like the way the game was going so we were trying to be physical, trying to raise it up and that's part of it," Iginla said.

 "All the way to the end, we didn't want to quit and guys' emotions get going when you're losing in the Stanley Cup final and that's what happens. Next game's a new game and we know we have to be a lot stronger, more intense and we will be."


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