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Bourque joins M.A.S.H. unit

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Another game, another injury scare.

And anyone who watched as Calgary Flames winger Rene Bourque staggered off the ice early in the first period after a collision with Los Angeles Kings forward Kevin Westgarth — a 6-foot-4, 228 pounder — knew it could be more bad news for a team that has been ravished by the injury bug.

“The worst part is when he stood up,” Craig Conroy said of Bourque’s attempt to get of the ice after the hit.

“He looked a little shaky coming to the bench. It took him 10 or 12 seconds.”

Slowly, he managed to skate to the bench but nearly toppled over a couple of times.

After a brief chat with the team’s athletic therapist, Bourque was guided to the locker-room for a closer look.

He didn’t return to action.

“He’s had a couple of concussions,” Conroy said. “You just hope it wasn’t too bad.”

Head coach Brent Sutter said Bourque would be re-evaluated Monday when the team enjoys a recovery day following a 3-1 win over the Kings in their home opener.

But the team is getting used to bad news.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said defenceman Ian White, who saw more than

25 minutes of ice time after fellow blueliner Adam Pardy went off with a suspected shoulder injury on his first shift.

“Good thing we have lots of depth here.”

They’ve been using it, with Matt Stajan, Daymond Langkow, Ales Kotalik and David Moss all sidelined at the moment.

But when it happens during a game, early on, it often means trouble.

“It’s tough at any time in the game. When it happens early, it can be pretty tiring — especially on the back end going down to five,” White said. “Good thing we didn’t get into too much penalty trouble. That could have buried us.”

Pardy headed to the dressing room after his attempt to smash Wayne Simmonds into the boards went awry.

Instead of connecting with the hit, Pardy bumped the boards himself and fell awkwardly on his left shoulder.

“It’s been the worst I’ve seen probably ever on a team to start the season,” Conroy said.

“I think we got lucky (the Kings) played (Saturday) night, too.”

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