Fly on the Wall - Dec. 9, 2008
Iggy loves the Bell Centre
Making a rare visit to Montreal, the Flames were welcomed with open arms by Bell Centre faithful. Not only did the gracious guests help the Habs continue their scorching start to December, but according to captain Jarome Iginla, they actually can’t wait to come back for more.
“As a group, we’re always excited to come here and play. It’s a great atmosphere and we get to see it on TV – watching the Canadiens and Leafs back home before our games – but it’s nice to actually come here. Too bad it didn’t work out but hopefully we come back sooner than later.”
The captain also has some love for Josh Gorges
“We played against Gorges a little in San Jose and he’s really quick. You know, you think you’ve got someone beat and then Gorges, who is pretty speedy, he’s right on you and isn’t out of position all that often so we didn’t even get the odd-man rushes.”
Dion Phaneuf gives some props
“They have a good team overall; they’re a great skating team and they can put the puck in the net. They play hard night in and night out and we were playing in a building that we knew had a lot of emotion, great fans and a lot of energy but we just were not good enough. That’s the bottom line. They beat us in every aspect of the game – not by a lot but by a bit more – and against a team like this, when you give up chances, they’re going to hurt you.”
The most elaborate “no comment” ever
After being tripped by Habs defenseman Andrei Markov late in the third period, Dion Phaneuf – and the entire Flames bench – seemed to think the officials missed a kneeing call on the play. As neutral as Switzerland, here’s what Phaneuf had to say on the subject.
“I haven’t seen it yet to be honest with you, so I can’t comment on that at all. All I know is that he took out my knee. Like I said, it’s tough to comment having not seen it on video, but I cut in and next thing I knew, my legs were taken out so that’s all I can say on that. Our guys definitely took exception and that shows the type of team we have. We don’t like guys going after other guys with questionable hits.”
Mike Keenan isn’t even pretending
While Phaneuf may have been at least slightly discreet about his feelings on the Markov trip, Calgary coach Mike Keenan was well, Mike Keenan.
“That’s what’s so frustrating; they call a couple of late penalties, for example like they did on Cory Sarich, and then they miss a flagrant knee and I don’t understand that. They’re supposed to be experienced officials who can’t or shouldn’t miss calls like that.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
Bang, bang, here comes Lang
The Numbers Game - Dec. 9, 2008
On the campaign trail: Day 27