Iginla on Flames: 'Tonight was just a business game'

Iginla on Flames: 'Tonight was just a business game'
December 18, 2013, 1:45 am
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BOSTON -- It sounds like any sentimentality about his days with the Calgary Flames is now in the rear view mirror for 36-year-old Jarome Iginla. The 13-year captain of the Flames had his cathartic goodbye to Calgary when he visited the Saddledome last week, and got a couple of victory laps on the ice after his team had taken a win in that building.

He didn’t score a goal against Calgary during his reunion last week, and he didn’t light the lamp on Tuesday night for that matter either in Boston’s 2-0 win over his former Flames at a snowy TD Garden. But it would appear that things are taking on a little more of a normal tone when he faces his old Calgary teammates.

Rather than his parents being in the stands or Iginla’s career highlights rolling out together on the Jumbotron, it’s a Tuesday night tilt against a hockey team that the future Hall of Famer used to know.

That’s good news for Boston as Iginla gets more and more comfortable in Black and Gold, and put up a pair of shots to go along with the two assists on both of Zdeno Chara’s power play efforts. It’s all about business rather than dwelling on the past, according to Iginla.

“Tonight was just a business game, it wasn’t – you always want to be, on your old team, I imagine anybody who played on an old team would say that. Last game was definitely more unique and special.

“This one was, like I said, more business-like. We need to get back to winning and we just wanted to win the game. So it didn’t feel odd out there, it didn’t feel, playing against old teammates it didn’t feel as different. It felt more normal.”

Iginla never did score against his former team, and he has to be more than a little happy to help close the book on Calgary for the next few days.