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08:58 AM ET 12.27 | Not far removed from his bloody fight, Jarome Iginla doesn't believe the Flames are knocked out of the playoff conversation. "But from our point of view, it's possible." He doesn't even seem unduly concerned by the number of direct rivals the 14th-place Flames will be required to leapfrog in order to nestle into that eighth and final playoff slot. "Four teams, five teams ... doesn't really matter. However many there are, we know we have to be past 90 points, at 92, 93, 94, whatever, to give ourselves a good chance. ... Definitely, we're not trying to look at the big picture. That's not healthy." You've got to go out and play. We can't be sitting in here wondering how Colorado's doing, say, or worrying about Phoenix's game or the score in Nashville."

Calgary Herald

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December 27, 2010  09:44 AM ET

I think the scrap with Jamie Benn must have done more than just physical damage to Iginla.

December 27, 2010  09:55 AM ET

What's he supposed to say? "We're toast?" I still think its to early to be looking so close at the standings. We aren't even halfway through the season yet. Even New Jersey isn't mathematically eliminated yet.

December 27, 2010  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think the scrap with Jamie Benn must have done more than just physical damage to Iginla.

You could be right GB.

December 27, 2010  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You could be right GB.

Funny how the homer announcers were loving when Benn had the upper hand early in the tilt but when he ran out of steam at the end they wanted the linesmen to jump in..."Get in there, waiting till somebody gets hurt?" Embarassing!

December 27, 2010  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Funny how the homer announcers were loving when Benn had the upper hand early in the tilt but when he ran out of steam at the end they wanted the linesmen to jump in..."Get in there, waiting till somebody gets hurt?" Embarassing!

Well they are from Texas. {That should bring Otis out of the weeds.] :-)

December 27, 2010  12:20 PM ET
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Well they are from Texas. {That should bring Otis out of the weeds.] :-)

Maybe. I think we can consider him far enough removed from the 'Boys loss on Saturday.

December 27, 2010  12:54 PM ET

I'm waiting for HC's comments.

December 27, 2010  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think the scrap with Jamie Benn must have done more than just physical damage to Iginla.

I think it is cowardly for morons like Jamie Benn to go into a fight with the helmet strapped on when the opponent has removed his and is inviting you to do the same. Sometimes things happen fast and players don't have the time to remove the lid but, when he's given a chance and he doesn't, he's a coward. He should get an extra 2 minutes or an extra 10 minutes for unsporsman like conduct. If you're willing to throw them, you should be willing to catch them.

December 27, 2010  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

What's he supposed to say? "We're toast?" I still think its to early to be looking so close at the standings. We aren't even halfway through the season yet. Even New Jersey isn't mathematically eliminated yet.

I agree. Except, with all due respect, New Jersey is eliminated even if they have to lose a few more to make it official. Sad to see what's happened to them. Sort of. Hard to feel sorry for Lou-Lou.

December 27, 2010  02:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I think it is cowardly for morons like Jamie Benn to go into a fight with the helmet strapped on when the opponent has removed his and is inviting you to do the same. Sometimes things happen fast and players don't have the time to remove the lid but, when he's given a chance and he doesn't, he's a coward. He should get an extra 2 minutes or an extra 10 minutes for unsporsman like conduct. If you're willing to throw them, you should be willing to catch them.

I've got an issue with it as well...He asked Iginla to remove his helmet since he had a visor on and Iginla obliged. Benn should have done the same and taken his helmet off to return the favor.

December 27, 2010  03:03 PM ET

I would say iginla won that fight. Minus the cut, Iginla was throwing him around

December 27, 2010  04:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I would say iginla won that fight. Minus the cut, Iginla was throwing him around

Iggie clearly won the scrap...one lucky punch early was all Benn got in that mattered. A little blood merely gets someone like Iggie into the contest. He owned Benn the rest of the way.
Should Benn have ditched the helmet...yes considering he asked for the visor to be removed.
As for the comments about the playoffs...Iggie would still consider their chances good even if their magic number was one for all of March and April. He has so much heart he can't admit defeat.
That's why real hockey fans admire him so much. If Malkin, Kovalchuk or hell even Crosby and Ovetchkin had even a quarter of his heart they would be twice the players they are now.

 
December 28, 2010  09:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I think it is cowardly for morons like Jamie Benn to go into a fight with the helmet strapped on when the opponent has removed his and is inviting you to do the same. Sometimes things happen fast and players don't have the time to remove the lid but, when he's given a chance and he doesn't, he's a coward. He should get an extra 2 minutes or an extra 10 minutes for unsporsman like conduct. If you're willing to throw them, you should be willing to catch them.

After watching that scrap I can hardly call Benn a coward. He fought one of the toughest dudes ever. I am no Flames or Stars fan but I have to say I haven't seen Iginla lose too many fights. He is one tough SOB and Benn landed some bombs. I don't know what his excuse was for not removing his helmet, but to go up against a guy like Iginla is anything from cowardly.

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