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Regehr impresses in return

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Consider last night a tuneup.

He wasn't exactly Rockin' Robyn but Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr looked pretty good considering the 2-1 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets was his first regular-season tilt since 2004.

"I took some hits and gave some hits and felt pretty good, pretty strong. It's a start," said Regehr, sporting the golden hard hat in the Flames dressing room after the contest.

On his first shift, the rugged defenceman stood up Blue Jackets star Rick Nash.

He battled hard along the boards and showed no fear of re-injuring his knee.

Regehr also had a couple of offensive opportunities.

"I would have liked to have been a little bit faster out there but I had some chances. I was in the right spot a few times. Just would have been nice to bury one," he said.

His best chance to score came on a booming slapshot from the high slot during a first-period powerplay.

Regehr had Blue Jackets goaltender Marc Denis beat but rang the shot off the iron where the post and crossbar meet. The sound echoed through the building.

"Metal gets in the way sometimes," joked Regehr. "I've got to bury that from there. Steve Reinprecht gave me a pretty good pass. I'm at the top of the circles there by myself. I knew he was a butterfly goalie and he's going to go down. I've just got to make sure that thing's under the bar and not right at the bar."

Flames assistant coach Rich Preston was impressed with Regehr in his first game since he sprained his right knee at the 'Dome against the Edmonton Oilers Sept. 28 during the pre-season.

"For his first game, he was pretty good," said Preston. "It would have been real nice if we would have scored that goal in the first period on the powerplay."

Regehr was joined on the blueline by Jordan Leopold, who moved back to the right side after switching to team with Rhett Warrener while Regehr was out.

Pointless through 15 games, Leopold was a little relieved the post got in his partner's way.

"He clanked the post tonight, that was a good sign," said Leopold of Regehr's slapper.

"I would have been pretty upset if he would have got a point in his first game and I've been battling for them for 14, 15 games."


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