It's too late to save face

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:30 PM ET


 Mike Commodore strode through the Saddledome media mob, heading for the ice and announced: "My modelling days are over."

 While the towering blueliner could be a candidate for hawking duds from Mr. Big and Tall, the 6-ft. 4-in. rearguard's face and potential runway career took a nasty wallop in Game 2, courtesy of Sharks centre Patrick Marleau.

 Commodore's nose now curves noticeably right, a neat gash dividing his schnoz, while both eyes appear destined for matching shiners.

 "I can't breathe very well and I'm sick. I'm a hurtin' unit right now," Commodore shrugged while tugging off his sweaty equipment after yesterday's practice.

 "I don't feel too good."

 Was it a dirty play?

 "The original hit, I don't think was," Commodore said, assessing the second-period check from behind for which no penalty was assessed.

 He had a date with the doctor to find out if the nose was broken.

 Marleau, one of the Sharks leaders on the ice with 10 points through 13 games, has looked frustrated this series, going scoreless for five straight contests and pointless in two games against the Flames.

 "I tried to get my stick on the puck, I knew he was coming and I kind of left myself in a vulnerable position at first," Commodore said.

 "The initial check was fine -- I haven't seen the replay -- but when he hit me the second time when I was on my knees, when he drove me head into the boards, I mean that's a dirty play, plain and simple."

 Commodore spent a few minutes on the bench receiving repairs yet played the rest of the game, although in a limited role.

 He received 14 shifts, including just three in the third period and a little more than nine minutes of ice time.

 The workload is well below the shares of the big four -- Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold, Andrew Ference and Rhett Warrener -- yet enough to please the 24-year-old Commodore, who is receiving his first real opportunity to prove he belongs in the NHL.

 "Not really a regular shift but enough," Commodore declared.

 "It was a close game and I was busy bleeding all over myself and I had to get that under control.

 "It's a new little twist. I broke my nose before but I think it's broken (again).

 "I can breathe fine and I'm a little stuffed up.

 "I've got a cold so it's kind of hard to tell. It felt terrible after the game. During the game, I couldn't breathe."


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