Sjostrom shakes off hand injury

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

MONTREAL -- As he took off his equipment following the morning skate, Fredrik Sjostrom noticed the media member heading his way.

That prompted him to hide his swollen hand.

"I don't know how much I'm supposed to talk about it, but it feels fine," Sjostrom said. "I have good bones -- a lot of milk."

Consider him lucky. Sjostrom was hit by a Dion Phaneuf slapper in Monday's practice. He said he didn't require x-rays and denied a rumour he wasn't on the team charter to Montreal.

"I feel good, strong ..." he said. "It's swollen little bit. Don't write too much because they'll know where to slash."

With Curtis Glencross suspended, the team will be looking to Sjostrom to add offence. He's certainly being given a chance, since his linemates to start the road trip last night were Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla.

"Something like this can happen any day," Sjostrom said. "It's not a big deal."

Parlez-vous francais?

The puck-mad media in Montreal had a bit of a dilemma yesterday. No Flames players are known for being adept at speaking French.

The closest is Nigel Dawes, but he wanted to keep that information secret.

"I went to French immersion until I was in Grade 9, so I can hold my own, but I've lost a lot of it," said Dawes, who is from Winnipeg. "Understanding it is easy. I'll blank out on words, but I can get my point across if I have to."

He wasn't offering himself to the francophone media.

"If I do an interview, I'd keep saying the same thing, especially if I come up with something I like, so it's a pretty boring interview," Dawes said.

HITTING THE STREETS

Instead of shipping out for Buffalo after last night's game, the Flames stayed overnight in Montreal. In fact, they won't leave until tomorrow.

Two extra night's in Montreal instead of Buffalo means you can find fun a lot easier.

"I'm gonna rest," said Eric Nystrom. "Honestly, I have no idea what our plans are. We've just got to win and then see what happens."

Last season, the Flames planned a couple of days near San Jose, with wine tours and a trip to Alcatraz on the docket. However, a 6-1 shellacking at the hands of the Sharks kiboshed that sidetrip.

"That was unfortunate, but we were playing like garbage at the time and didn't deserve free time," Nystrom said. "The last thing we can think of is the day after the game."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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