In his 16 NHL seasons, Martin Gelinas has fought through his share of playoff battles.
But last night's 1-0 loss to the Lightning had a little of everything for the Flames veteran.
Gelinas was on the receiving end of a handful of punishing checks, was hit in the face with the puck -- receiving a nasty gash --and he also misfired on some great scoring chances. Gelinas appeared to be in severe pain after being crosschecked from behind by Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle on his first shift.
He was hit by the puck under the left eye in the second period, causing a bloody wound needing repairs at the bench.
He also had a few great scoring chances, including a two-on-one with Jarome Iginla in the opening period with Gelinas flicking the puck wide of the short side.
In the second, Gelinas was cross-checked to his knees in the slot while batting the puck just wide of the open corner.
Iginla fed Gelinas again in the slot early in the third for a quick shot that Lightning netminder Nikolai Khabibulin handled.
Gelinas posted five of the Flames' 29 shots on goal, more than any player on either team.
Afterward, he declined requests for interviews.
Gelly's rough night
DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun
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