IGINLA EMOTIONAL IN RETURN
Jarome Iginla came into his return to Scotiabank Saddledome with no expectations.
He left with cherished memories.
Honoured with a pre-game tribute video that was followed by a lengthy standing ovation -- one of several on the night -- from the 19,289 in attendance, Iginla left with one more cherished memory from Calgary.
“It was definitely emotional,” Iginla said. “I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself.
“Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I’ve had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.”
Iginla played 21:36 in his return but didn’t record a point. The game was more about getting on the score sheet, though.
“I’ve been very, very fortunate and blessed to play a lot of years in the NHL and it’s been great,” said Iginla, the franchise’s all-time leader in games (1,219), goals (525) and points (1,095). “It’s been fun. It’s been fun to be here in Calgary year-in, year-out battling.
“To be able to come back, you don’t really know what the response is going to be or if its kind of blasé or whatever, not necessarily negative or not, but people were great and made it very special for myself and I’m sure my mom. I haven’t talked her yet or my dad. It’s pretty cool. It’s humbling.
“You’re out there and people are cheering. It’s pretty special. I think back of all the years when you’re trying to make it, it brings back…your first goal here in this building and all the different things. It felt great to come back home and I was hoping it would be a lot of fun and honestly, right from landing and just driving around, it’s all been a great experience.”
FLAMES CANT CLOSE
While Iginla left happy, the Flames didn’t.
For 40 minutes, the Flames had the defending Eastern Conference champions on their heels. Outshooting the Bruins 22-9 and taking a one-goal lead into the third period, Calgary couldn’t close.
And it cost them.
The Flames gave up two goals in a span of 1:38 to watch Boston take two points in Calgary.
“We had too many shifts in the third where we were just giving the puck back to them,” Mark Giordano said. “We had full control, no reason to throw it away, and we did. There's no excuse for that. We have to get better at that. A one-goal lead in your building with under 10 (minutes) to play, you almost have to find ways to make those automatic wins.”
The Flames couldn’t turn Tuesday's lead into a win and as a result, fall to 11-15-4 on the season.
“We've got to really get over this where we have a lead and then we play against a team that's maybe more familiar with playing in a tight game than we are, and they stay assertive and we play rope-a-dope a little bit, and it's a recipe for disaster,” Mike Cammalleri said. “They're just going to keep coming at you until the puck ends up past your goal-line. Not please with our third period, to say the least.”
“The first period was great. I thought we played a real good first. A lot of energy ion the building. A lot of energy on our our bench. A lot if energy for most of the game. And then ... There's that fine line between being too safe and making plays. We were just trying to get the puck out over our blueline and they were just jamming it back down our throats for most of the third.”
The Flames will look to rebound against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-FLAMES).