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Five minutes to flourish

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

NEW YORK -- His NHL debut might seem like a dream when he wakes up tomorrow.

Warren Peters' first game included nine shifts, a little more than five minutes of ice time, a couple of hits and one lost faceoff for the Calgary Flames. When it was over, he was sent right back to the American Hockey League.

Thanks for the memories.

Then again, after three games in three nights, Peters might be happy for the rest with the Flames' Quad City affiliate not playing until Wednesday.

"The poor guy's tired. I could tell," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan after a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers last night.

"But he gave us an effort, and he did the right things in terms of the system. That's what we wanted from him tonight. We knew we'd have to guard his minutes because he played not only three in three nights, but travelled from the Midwest, as well. He had some wear and tear on him, but he held up fine."

Riding the stationary bike after the contest, Peters admitted it had been a long day.

"That was my third game in three nights. It's a little different role than I'm used to playing, going hard and taking a break and going hard again," he said. "(The bike is) just a good way to burn it out and hopefully be ready for whenever the next game is."

He was told he'd be joining the NHL club before Saturday's game in Peoria, Ill.

Quad City bussed to Chicago afterward, and he flew to New York from there.

He'll collect more air miles today, heading back to Moline, Ill., but at least his family back home in Saskatchewan got to watch his debut on Sportsnet.

"It was obviously special for them as well," he said.

"They're a big part of why I'm here."


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