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STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Head coach Mike Keenan has a long list of prior experiences to draw on for most any NHL quirk.

He had no reference point for the nine-minute penalty handed to LW Rene Bourque Tuesday after he took five for fighting, plus two for being the instigator and another two for unsportsmanlike because he was wearing his visor.

"I've seen it one time," said Keenan, asked if he'd ever seen anything like that before. "It was (Tuesday)."

Referee Bill McCreary figured it was a tough call, so he explained it to Keenan, who thought maybe the five should have been a double minor for roughing instead. "He said no -- he extended himself excessively to the point he thought he had to give him five. He was a gentleman in terms of coming over to at least explain it."

'ROAD TRIP, YAY!'

Hitting the road for more than just an overnighter in Vancouver or Edmonton comes at a good time for the Flames.

Or maybe it was Tuesday's win that was the timely part.

"It's certainly been a challenge starting the season as we did with the five consecutive divisional games," Keenan said. "It'll be good now for this team to spend time together -- go on the road."

ICE CHIPS

C Daymond Langkow took quite a hit from Capitals D Tyler Sloan in the first period Tuesday. He saw a season-low 14:31 of ice time. A later hit seemed to hurt him as he skated slowly to the bench and slammed his stick on the boards before taking a seat and talking with trainers ... Without LW Darcy Hordichuk, who made his way to the Vancouver Canucks this off-season, the Predators lack a designated tough guy. RW Jordin Tootoo and D Dan Hamhuis are tied for the team lead with 17 PIMs apiece ... G Dan Ellis has been inconsistent since being named the undisputed starter after Chris Mason went to St. Louis. Ellis is 3-3 with a 3.10 GAA and an .871 save percentage.


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