Bourque out with injury?

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

OTTAWA — Someone else is going to have to shoulder the load.

Rene Bourque's left arm was spotted in a sling, and the right-winger's bum wing — a shoulder injury that could keep him out through the Olympic break — means either Brian McGrattan or Jamie Lundmark will be elevated into an active role for the Flames Tuesday night against the Senators.

No details were given on the severity of Bourque’s injury, and the man himself preferred not to talk about the hit in the back from Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Kurtis Foster that popped his helmet off and maybe the shoulder out of joint, too.

Lundmark skated with Mikael Backlund and Curtis Glencross Monday during practice at Scotiabank Place and appears to be the man tagged for duty.

“We’ll make that determination tomorrow. It’s nice to have the depth there where you can slide someone in when someone gets hurt. It’s huge,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter, who added he wants to see more consistency from Lundmark when he does draw in.

“He’s contributed (points) for us at different times. You certainly need that. I thought that his play dropped off a little bit there. It’s not just about the offensive part of it. It’s other areas of the ice and things you’ve got to do.

“Now he’s gonna get an opportunity and he’s got to take advantage of it.”

Taking a calm approach to his likely return, Lundmark sounded like a player well aware of what’s expected of him.

“Whatever I can do to help the team win. That’s my mindset when I sit for games and come back in,” Lundmark said.

“Not a lot of turnovers. Try and get pucks to the net. Try and be simple. Try and score goals. That’s what I try to do every game.

“You can be too excited, go too much and be out of position and just not think. I think there’s a fine line between being excited to play and playing smart.”

Viking spirit

Flames bench boss Brent Sutter and Senators head coach Cory Clouston share more than just their hometown of Viking, Alta.

Their passion in their approach to the game and the way they teach it to players is familiar.

But their ties and friendships that stem back to their days in the junior ranks all fall by the wayside when they meet as rivals in the NHL.

“Once the puck’s dropped, honestly we don’t even think who’s on their bench. There’s some family history, and I coached three years with (Flames assistant Ryan McGill) in Kootenay when I first went to the Western Hockey League. There’s some ties there, some friendships there,” Clouston said Tuesday. “But they’re trying to kick our (butt), and we’re trying to kick their (butt).

It’s not gonna change.”

Dawes flies in

Nigel Dawes made a surprise appearance in Ottawa Monday, sporting a yellow jersey and practising with teammates for the first time since hurting his leg Jan. 21 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chances are slim he’ll take part in Tuesday’s game, but the fact he made the trip across Canada to skate might mean a chance to play before the Olympic break.


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