CHICAGO — Cory Sarich had the marks of the skate blade running down his cheek.
Mark Giordano appeared stiff from being drilled into the back and sliding into the boards.
Niklas Hagman took a whale of a check, which required a brief timeout.
But they were the lucky ones in the Calgary Flames 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.
The loss may have come with a bigger price since front-line centre Brendan Morrison left the game midway through the third period with what appeared to be an injured left knee.
Morrison, who’s been a factor in Jarome Iginla’s point production over the past month, was hit and fell awkwardly in the furthest corner away from the Flames bench.
He returned to his feet — actually, make that one foot — and slowly propelled himself back to the bench.
“We’ll know more tomorrow,” said head coach Brent Sutter on Morrison’s status.
The Flames will have their fingers crossed for the centre, who has nine goals and
43 points in a bounce-back season.
“He’s been great for us all year,” Iginla said. “He plays in all the situations. Hopefully, it’s not too long and he’ll feel better quickly.”
Just think, it could have been worse. Hagman was moving sideways just outside the blueline when Chicago’s Troy Brouwer caught him with a solid check. It took Hagman a moment to regain his bearings and go straight to the bench.
Sarich hauled down Chicago captain Jonathan Toews and fell himself. In the process, Toews’ skate sliced Sarich’s face, but the damage wasn’t too severe. Sarich went briefly to the dressing room but was soon back.
Giordano was fortunate he didn’t suffer any major injury, and was upset about the hit he received from Brent Seabrook.
“The puck’s in the air and you’re pretty vulnerable when you’re looking up at the puck, and he just gave a push from behind,” he said. “I don’t think it’s too safe of a play when you’re that close to the boards.”
Seabrook wasn’t given a penalty on the play, which would have given the Flames a five-on-three powerplay.
“The ref admitted he didn’t make the right call,” Sutter said. “He came over at the start of the third period and said it should have been a penalty. It’s a hit in the numbers, that’s a clear-cut penalty and that’s what we’re trying to eliminate from the game.
“It could have put us up two men in a 2-1 hockey game. It’s disappointing it wasn’t called, but they did admit they should have made the call.”
To make it worse, shortly after the Flames failed to score on their man-advantage, the Blackhawks went on the powerplay and tallied to make it a 3-1 game, and never relinquished the lead.