Flames defenceman no worse for wear

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Crews needed just a few minutes to scrape the evidence off a fresh sheet of ice.

But Calgary Flames defenceman Ian White will be wearing the reminder for at least a week or two.

White was sporting a shiner and about six stitches around his right eye after Edmonton Oilers winger Dustin Penner banked a shot off his face for a goal in the Flames’ come-from-behind victory Saturday night at the Saddledome.

“We didn’t get the puck out, and next thing I remember, I saw it bounce off my head,” said White with a shrug.

“I didn’t even know it went in, but I’ll be feeling it for a couple of days. It’s awful, but what can you do? You take one in the face, and I think you at least get a blocked shot for it, but they end up scoring.”

At least he can joke about it now.

Just 22 seconds into the second frame of Saturday’s Battle of Alberta, Penner fired a knucklepuck that struck the side of White’s face and bounced into the Flames’ cage.

White retreated to the locker-room for repairs but was back on the bench just a few minutes later, dropping to block a shot on one of his first shifts. That one, for the record, hit him in the stomach in a spot not protected by any padding.

Talk about bad luck.

“I’ve never got a puck in the face like that,” White said. “So what are the odds of getting hit twice?”

For a guy still fielding questions Saturday morning about Jordan Eberle’s highlight-reel marker in last week’s season-opener, White can’t seem catch a break against the arch-rival Oilers.

If not for a few third-period goals to erase the deficit, the 26-year-old rearguard would have been the poster boy for a can’t-catch-a-break-to-start-a-new-campaign campaign. Instead, he was cracking jokes after a much-deserved win.

“You knew it was just a cut the way he popped up and everything,” said Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

“But it’s always nice to be able to see a teammate come back and play. Besides a few stitches, you’d never know it happened.”


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