Battle-scarred D has rough outing

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Robyn Regehr was sporting nearly two dozen stitches on his face.

Rhett Warrener scored an own-goal.

Roman Hamrlik twice went to the bench in pain, once after going down awkwardly favouring his right leg, the other after blocking a shot with his hand.

Certainly, the Calgary Flames' defence corps paid a price for the team's 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday.

"At the end of the day, we got two points on the road," assistant coach Jim Playfair said.

"When you're playing hard, you'll end up with those battle wounds and situations are going to happen."

After the game, the Flames recalled Mark Giordano from AHL Omaha, who may suit up for his first NHL game tonight in St. Louis (6 p.m., Sportsnet).

Warrener was easily the Flames rearguard with the hardest luck during the first period.

Not only was he on the ice for Chicago's second goal, he had the misfortune of shovelling a rebound into his own net after Miikka Kiprusoff stopped a point shot.

Warrener's gaffe gave Chicago a 3-1 lead.

"I was turning to find the puck and there it was," Warrener said.

"It's easier to laugh about it now since we won."

Regehr also was able to joke about his misfortune. Early in the second period, he was manning the point on the powerplay when he attempted to prevent a clearing attempt. He did just that -- with his face.

The repair work above his upper lip took most of the middle period.

"Eight or nine stitches inside (my mouth) and another 11 or 12 on the outside," Regehr said.

"I'm not getting any better looking playing hockey, that's for sure."


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