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Instigator takes extra-long Bourque ride

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

For those wondering what Rene Bourque did while serving the bulk of his banishment in Tuesday night's game, it was the same as the majority of Flames fans.

Well, except for the fact he went for a bike ride.

Bourque was assessed 19 minutes worth of penalties for his retaliatory play on Tyler Sloan after the Washington Capitals defenceman levelled Daymond Langkow with an open-ice check.

He served nearly 12-and-a-half minutes of the time in the dressing room.

"I rode the bike in my equipment and watched the game in the weight room with the guys who weren't dressed," said the left winger.

"With the intermission, it's about 45 minutes without skating. I was just trying to stay warm, keep a sweat."

The Flames were shorthanded nine minutes but had to kill off only seven of them because the Capitals' Michael Nylander took a holding penalty in the middle of it all. And when the final seconds of the powerplay clicked off and the Capitals failed to score, the Saddledome erupted with an ovation.

"I was cheering, too," Bourque admitted. "I could hear the crowd. The boys did a great job and bailed me out.

"I wasn't happy with the amount of penalty minutes I'd got. I'd never seen a nine-minute powerplay before, and if I knew that would be the case, I wouldn't have done what I'd done.

"It was a big kill by our guys. I was praying they weren't going to score."

Bourque said Sloan's check wasn't dirty, "just hard" so he didn't think twice about going after the Capitals defenceman.

ICE CHIPS

So far this season, the Flames haven't been road warriors. Calgary has played away from home only twice so far, and they were quick trips to Vancouver and Edmonton. Tonight's game in Nashville and Saturday's in Phoenix marks the first journey of significance this year. "Two games. It's gonna feel like forever," joked forward Michael Cammalleri ... The decision by Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson to replace starting goalie Vesa Toskala with Curtis Joseph for the shootout against the Anaheim Ducks has Leafs Nation questioning his sense, especially after it resulted in a Maple Leafs loss. But Flames head coach Mike Keenan wasn't one to hang Wilson for the move. "It's an experiment. If it would have worked, it would have looked like a superb idea," Keenan said.


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