February 8, 2012
Jackman unsure where helmet hit came from
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
SAN JOSE - Tim Jackman was so caught off-guard by the hit from Luca Sbisa in Monday's game against the Anaheim Ducks he figured somebody else made contact with him.
Jackman was bearing down on Sbisa while carrying the puck early in the third period, when the Ducks defenceman stepped up to make a check and instead of body contact, Sbisa’s helmet caught Jackman flush in the jaw and sent the Flames winger to the ice.
“After I got hit, I was wondering where it came from, who came and hit me like that,” Jackman said Tuesday. “I thought somebody came out of nowhere and got me.”
Sbisa was handed a major penalty for head butting and given a game misconduct by on-ice officials, but the game misconduct was rescinded by the NHL.
Jackman didn’t return to the game, but Flames head coach Brent Sutter said he shortened the bench because the Ducks used three lines the rest of the game.
“I haven’t seen (a replay), but I don’t think he was trying to take my head off,” Jackman said of Ducks young defenceman Sbisa.
Jackman, who skated during an optional practice Tuesday, said he could have played.
“I was fine. I knew where I was, knew my name and what day it was,” Jackman said.
According the the Elias Sports Bureau, the Flames’ 14-game losing skid in Anaheim is the second longest current run in the league. The Dallas Stars have won 15 straight home games against the Minnesota Wild ... The Sharks have loaned No.-3 goalie Antero Niittymaki to the AHL Syracuse Crunch, farm team of the Anaheim Ducks ... Flames goalie Miikka Kiprsusoff will record the 300th victory of his career with his next win. It could be fitting if he did it against the Sharks, who drafted him into the league and traded him to the Flames in November 2003.