Bourque out indefinitely

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

ST. PAUL -- Rene Bourque's dream season won't likely include a 30-goal milestone.

Right now, the Flames forward is just hoping to be back in action sooner than later.

Bourque scored his 21st goal of the season last night in the club's 3-2 overtime win, but was knocked from the game in the second period with an ankle injury, assessed to be a high-ankle sprain.

"It's definitely disappointing," he said. "Hopefully, it's not too, too bad. I'll miss some time for sure, but I'll find out more (today)."

Bourque was wearing a protective boot and needed crutches when he left the arena. The initial assessment said it's not broken, just sprained. However, players have missed up to a couple of months with such an injury.

A MRI today in Calgary will shed more light on the issue.

Bourque tangled legs with Minnesota's Dan Fritsche and was on the ice unable to get to the bench when the Wild player raced to the other end and scored shorthanded.

Head coach Mike Keenan said Fritsche slew-footed Bourque on the play.

"Not only didn't he get a call on it, he got a shorthanded goal," Keenan said. "It was a disappointment, in terms of the officials just didn't see it. We watched it on tape, which is always easier than live action.

"He's got a very damaged ankle now. He's going to be gone for a long time."

Bourque didn't have much recollection of the play.

"I haven't seen it. I was battling for a puck and I thought he fell on me and I fell backwards because my leg got caught in a rut," he said.

The Flames were already without the services of Daymond Langkow, whose hand was injured after being hit with a puck Tuesday. Keenan said Langkow didn't suffer any broken bones.

Also on the shelf is enforcer Andre Roy, who hit his head on the ice during a fight Tuesday with Darcy Hordichuk. Roy didn't even go on the team for the trip to Minnesota and Edmonton.

Losing Bourque for a long time will be a big hit, more than expected when the club acquired him in the summer. He has as many goals as Jarome Iginla.

"He was playing really, really well and starting to come on very strong for us," Keenan said. "He's been getting better every night almost, it seems. His confidence has increased, and his play has commanded a lot of respect from his teammates and around the league.

"In my opinion, he should have been started to talk about to win the Selke Trophy. He doesn't play power play, has a tremendous plus-minus, 21 goals and you never hear of him."


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