Iggy pops off on Ohlund

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:26 PM ET


 Jarome Iginla had enough of Mattias Ohlund.

 In the final seconds of last night's Game 2 loss to Vancouver, the Calgary Flames captain took exception to a late crosscheck and decided to go toe-to-toe with the Canucks defenceman.

 And it boiled over in a flurry of fists aimed at Ohlund.

 "He's responding to the hit from behind," said Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter of his captain's late-game scrap. "He's responding to the challenge. That's fine."

 Iginla didn't respond to the media after the game, though. Because he was in the trainer's room -- possibly because of the crosscheck he received from Ohlund -- Iginla was unavailable to comment.

 The Flames captain was crunched face-first into the boards trying to play a puck behind the net with his team pressing to get the equalizer in a 2-1 game.

 Despite the pleading of the more than 19,000 fans on hand, no penalty was assessed to Ohlund on the play.

 "I guess that's up to the referees," said the Canucks blueliner. "It happened so quick, I don't even know. I haven't seen the tape yet."

 Iginla didn't have to. He decided to take measures into his own hands, showing obvious frustration and anger that has come not only with the hit but three games of tight playoff checking from the heralded defenceman.

 "We play each other three games in so many days," said Ohlund of the series-long battle with Iginla. "He's a great player and I thought we did a decent job on that line (last night). It's going to continue to be a big challenge to play good defensively against him."

 It has been all year but it's one Ohlund and the Canucks blueline corps has lived up to. Iginla has only one goal in the three games so far, although he did draw an assist on Chris Simon's goal last night.

 Then came the fight after the Ohlund hit last night.

 "He's a very competitive guy and he plays hard every shift, so I'm not surprised (at the fight)," Ohlund said.

 Asked if he expects retribution, Ohlund shrugged it off as simply playoff hockey.

 "No ... I don't think so," Ohlund added. "I think it's a new game in a few days. We go in with fresh minds."


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