Wounded list balloons

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Looking around the dressing room, you can understand the Calgary Flames feeling like they're in an episode of M*A*S*H.

All around, players are off to the infirmary.

The latest is Todd Bertuzzi, out day-to-day with a "lower-body" injury. But reportedly could be out a few weeks after going down awkwardly in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"You look around the room and feel you've lost all your buddies. 'Where did all my dinner partners go?, ' " centre Craig Conroy said.

"Neuf (Dion Phaneuf) usually goes with Langks and Gio (Daymond Langkow and Mark Giordano), so he may have to come with us. I don't know if he wants to do that. I give it to him too much."

Forwards Bertuzzi, Langkow (hand), Rene Bourque (ankle), Brandon Prust (concussion), Wayne Primeau (broken foot) and defencemen Giordano (shoulder) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are all on the shelf.

The only member of the injured brigade currently with the team is Prust, but he didn't play in last night's game.

Bertuzzi, Langkow and Bourque made up the team's second line before the injury wave hit.

Collectively, they've scored 54 goals this season.

"Other teams have the same thing at different times of the year," said captain Jarome Iginla.

"It's a good challenge. We know how important the (injured) guys are, how good they are and how important they are to the team. But in the meantime, we've got to find ways to get results.

"Guys getting more ice time and more responsibility have to enjoy that."

The Flames received some good news for last night's game against the Ottawa Senators with enforcer Andre Roy returning from a concussion after missing five games.

"It's tough right now with what's going on," Roy said.

"Not that I'm going to fill the net, but it's another body, another healthy body."

Calgary also claimed defenceman Lawrence Nycholat off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks yesterday.

Certainly the club's top line of Iginla, Conroy and Michael Cammalleri will have to continue its hot stretch. With such a rash of injuries, the Flames need production from their top trio more than ever.

"That's the mindset you have all year, no matter who you are on the team," Cammalleri said.

"Whether you're Dustin Boyd or Jarome Iginla, you want to lead by example and help carry the load. I don't think that mindset changes for us."


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