It was setting up to potentially be a perfect story: Jarome Iginla facing his old team, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday with a chance to score his 600th career NHL regular season goal.
Of the 599 goals the 38-year-old Iginla has scored, 525 of those came as a member of the Flames from 1996-97 to 2013. But the script fell apart, as the Colorado Avalanche lost to the visiting Flames by a final score of 4-0.
Iginla was held to just one shot on goal.
The Flames opened the floodgates in the second period with three goals of their own.
“I thought we had good intention (but) I guess we focused more in seeing Iggy scoring that 600th instead of playing our game,” said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, as per The Denver Post.
“We had had a few good chances and we tried to pass the puck to him instead of bringing it to the net. For example, (Alex) Tanguay is all alone in front of the net and he’s trying a little (pass) to Iggy.
“We’re going to have to refocus. It’s not that I don’t want Iggy scoring his 600th but we need to play our game.”