We've seen the scary crash into the end boards before.
The way Flames centre Daymond Langkow slammed feet-first into the wall Thursday night in a 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins sucked the air out of the Saddledome.
The team lost Wayne Primeau in similar fashion earlier this season -- a fracture and a high-ankle sprain that has kept him sidelined more than a month already.
As tough a player as there is in the NHL, Langkow writhed in pain on the ice and was helped to the dressing room.
Automatically assuming the stocky centre was destined to join Rhett Warrener and Primeau with another fracture and sprain scenario, the press was stunned to see Langkow taking regular shifts later.
"I felt a lot of pain for a while there," said Langkow yesterday after taking part in a lighthearted practice at the Corral. "Once I got back in here and walked around a little bit, it felt all right."
Even Langkow was concerned initially. It takes more than a slight pain to keep him down for any length of time.
"Yeah. Just from the pain. I don't know if I pinched a nerve or what," he said. "You don't like to be helped off the ice like that.
"Fortunately, there's no major damage."