SUN Hockey Pool

After knee-ding time, goalie's back on track

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

DETROIT -- The voice -- slow, deliberate and raspy -- wasn't at all what you usually hear from Brent Krahn.

Usually, the goalkeeper speaks with a lively, upbeat and effervescent tone.

Reached at his hotel room in Moline, Ill., though, it sounded like the Calgary Flames goaltender prospect was battling a cold.

"No, it's from yelling on the ice," he croaked. "My voice is completely shot.

"I have to conserve it in the day, so I can be OK for the games. Four games in five nights, my voice has been busy."

Busy, yes, but to the netminder whose career has seen more stops-and-starts than a New York City cab along 5th Ave. in rush hour, a sore throat from all the on-ice directions he's handed out lately is welcome news.

Last week, Krahn was one busy boy for the AHL's Quad City Flames. The netminder who suffered a knee injury on the opening day of Flames training camp -- his kneecap subluxated, immediately went back into place but is extremely painful -- was out of action for nearly two months.

After rehabbing in Calgary, he was sent to the farm team for the final rehab days leading up to his return.

He saw plenty of action for Quad City last week, minding the twine in all four games, in which he allowed eight goals, and posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.

"I feel I'm playing really well," he said. "I'm confident in my knee and in my games, and the guys are playing well in front of me.

"I've been able to make saves at crucial times, and the guys have scored at crucial times. It's been great."

Quad City, after a horrible start to the season, has improved its record to 9-9-3, having won seven of their last 10.

"They had a pretty tough start and struggled a bit, but this team's really battled through it and found a way to win," Krahn reported proudly.

Just like he has. This year was supposed to be the breakthrough for the 25-year-old netminder drafted ninth overall in 2001.

He was in the hunt for the job in Calgary to serve as back-up for Miikka Kiprusoff, but the knee injury -- a recurrence of a problem he suffered last season -- derailed that chance. The process of getting back into action was longer than he originally anticipated.


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