The only injury issue Jarome Iginla was facing after Saturday's season opener was right there for all to see.

For much of the Calgary Flames 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the captain had a bandage just below his mouth for a nasty gash courtesy a high stick.

"Just a follow through on a shot. It's not a penalty," Iginla said.

The scar which will be the end result isn't his first and won't be the last.

The good news on the injury front for Iginla was his sore back — which kept him out of all of the pre-season games and most of training camp — wasn't an issue in the curtain raiser.