Flames wary of Wild blasts

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Kurtis Foster's slapshot has been clocked at more than 100 m.p.h.

It's no wonder the Minnesota Wild defenceman's blast in the first period of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames ended teammate Todd White's season.

Foster's point shot snapped White's left fibula as the centre stood in front of Miikka Kiprusoff and caught the puck in a spot without padding.

But the 6-ft. 5-in. rearguard with a rocket says he doesn't expect Calgary's fearless crew to worry about his windup.

"You have guys in Calgary like (Stephane) Yelle and (Darren) McCarty who aren't afraid to do anything. They get down in front of those shots," said Foster, whose fellow defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist missed last night's 3-1 win after taking a Jarome Iginla shot on the foot Sunday.

"Teams are starting to take it away. We play teams like Calgary and Edmonton that like to block a lot of shots. It's tough to get your shots through sometimes."

Another Flames player with a tendency to get in front of point shots is Daymond Langkow, although the 5-ft. 11-in. forward tends to get his stick on the puck rather than his body.

He tipped a pair at the Wild net Sunday -- one for a goal -- and says he doesn't worry about being hurt the way White was despite the velocity of the shots coming at him from his own talented blueliners.

"We've got a couple of guys who shoot the puck like that, too. You can't really think about that," said Langkow. "Those guys keep it low all the time. As long as it's low -- the head shots you tend to worry about."


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