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That's a real eyesore

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

With his right eye swollen -- and four stitches on the lid -- Jamie Lundmark's frustration was understandable.

Playing some of the best hockey of his life, and part of a NHL playoff push for the first time, he's been reduced to bystander for a while thanks to a stick in the face Wednesday night.

"It's certainly bad timing," said the Calgary Flames centre yesterday. "I felt I was starting to play pretty good and getting to know my linemates. It's not very good timing but these things happen and I have to come back and keep playing."

Lundmark, acquired by the Flames at the trade deadline, scored in the first period of Calgary's win over Los Angeles but his night ended when Mike Weaver's errant stick caught him in the face.

"I don't know if he was turning towards the net or towards me but it just kinda came out of the blue," Lundmark said.

Lundmark scored in two straight games and had collected six points (2-4-6) in his last five outings. He reported to the Saddledome yesterday, wearing a clear plastic eye patch.

"It feels not too bad. It's a little sore," he explained. "I saw a doctor this morning and he said it looks pretty good and I've just got to take some time to let the blood drain out of it."

He said Weaver's stick had "a bit" of contact with the eye, "but nothing that's gonna be major."

A timetable for his return won't be known for a few days. Lundmark has another doctor visit scheduled for this morning. When he does return, expect Lundmark to be donning a visor, although he admitted being cool to the idea.

"I'll definitely probably throw a visor on for the first couple of games," he said. "An injury like this, I don't think a visor would have helped but certainly other injuries it might.

"I'll definitely put one on."


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