D-man plows Hatcher

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:13 PM ET


 Martin Gelinas blew the roof off the 'Dome last night.

 But Mike Commodore raised it a little.

 The big Flames d-man received the second-loudest ovation of last night's 1-0 series-clinching win when he decked Public Enemy No. 1 Derian Hatcher in overtime.

 Already despised by the Saddledome faithful, Hatcher had Flames fans seething after he dropped Matthew Lombardi with a first-period elbow.

 Commodore evened the score in OT when he caught Hatcher trying to come across the Flames blueline.

 "I kind of had my sights set on him a little bit when he was waiting for his guy to get onside," Commodore said.

 "He's a great player. The fans obviously hate him but you know when the other team's fans hate you, you know you're doing something right. He's a tough player to play against but I was glad I had a chance to line him up a little bit."

 Commodore's bone-crusher wasn't the first run-in between the two biggest players on the ice.

 After Hatcher took a healthy run at Chris Clark in the neutral zone, Commodore made a point of getting the Detroit blueliner's attention during the next stoppage in play.

 "I circled by him and he was saying something about Game 4 where we had a little bit of a run-in but it didn't turn into much.

 "We just had a little 'friendly' discussion and went on with it."

 Heading into Game 6, Commodore talked about how disappointed he was the fans didn't get a chance to celebrate an overtime winner in Game 6 of the Vancouver series.

 He got a chance to witness the pandemonium this time.

 "They went bananas tonight," he smiled. "Words can't even describe it.


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