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Regehr injury latest blueline blow

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 6:12 AM ET

DALLAS -- The Calgary Flames already depleted defence corps took another hit last night.

Maybe the biggest one possible.

Robyn Regehr left early in the second period of last night's 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars with a "lower-body injury" according to head coach Mike Keenan.

"He'll be day-to-day," Keenan added.

No word on whether Regehr will be able to play tonight in Minnesota or if the team will summon somebody from the minors.

Just as the Flames have been receiving reinforcements in their forward ranks, they're now taking a beating on the blueline.

Cory Sarich didn't make the road trip due to a "lower-body" injury suffered when he blocked a shot Monday against San Jose, while Mark Giordano is also out of action having had shoulder surgery.

The club has also been without Rhett Warrener all season.

"Injuries are part of the game. I think I learned that the past two years," said Jordan Leopold. "Yeah, it's the time of year you don't want injuries and nobody knows the extent of what's going on, but it's part of the game and we have to respond.

"We have depth for a reason. I was in the run a long time ago (2004), and I think we ended up with four or five healthy d-men in the Detroit series."

Regehr was playing a hard-punishing game in the first period, recording five hits, but hit his head into the boards when hit by Stars pest Steve Ott. Regehr needed stitches for a cut, but Keenan said that incident is not what kept him out of action.

It was early in the second period when he slammed into the boards trying to check Fabian Brunnstrom. At that point, the team relied on its five other rearguards, led by Leopold, who logged a game-high 25 minutes and 23 seconds of ice time.

"They came up big for us," Keenan said. "They had to share much more ice time and they responded very well."

Dion Phaneuf played more than 23 minutes, while Adrian Aucoin saw 22 minutes of action, Adam Pardy 20 minutes and Jim Vandermeer 19 minutes.


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