Broken heart

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:33 PM ET


 TAMPA -- The pain from the injury that required Robyn Regehr to wear a cast on his left foot for the last few days was easier to handle than the one in his heart.

 "We're very, very disappointed to be coming up short of our ultimate goal," he said with sadness showing in his eyes. "This group, realistically -- we talked about it last night at dinner -- won't be together again. There's going to be changes, whether they're minor or major. That's what happens.

 "Right now it's very disappointing we couldn't win."

 Regehr, the Flames' cornerstone defenceman of the future should have sat due to the high ankle sprain suffered in the fifth game of the Stanley Cup final.

 However, when the puck dropped, he was at his usual post in last night's 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 As usual, he was among the team's leaders in ice time.

 "An ankle injury," he said with a shrug. "I've got time to heal."

 All the way until the World Cup that begins in late August, a spot on Team Canada's roster he earned with a terrific post-season.

 There were some signs Regehr might be a bystander in last night's contest. The club kept him away from the media for a couple of days. GM-head coach Darryl Sutter even suggested the hulking defenceman probably wouldn't play.

 But there was Regehr doing what he could to win a Stanley Cup.

 "We, as players, know we played as hard as we could," he said. "I'm very proud of everyone in this dressing room.

 "No one thought we'd be in the playoffs at the beginning of the year or thought we'd make it past the first round when we got in. As disappointing as this is, we can be proud of the things we achieved."


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