Elbowed to back burner

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET


 Matthew Lombardi remembers the incident, which is a good sign for a player suspected of suffering from a concussion.

 The elbow from Derian Hatcher in Game 6 of the Flames' series against the Red Wings blindsided him. But he had little to say about the infraction yesterday, a day after Hatcher was slapped with a three-game suspension.

 "You know what? All I'm going to say about it is that it's got no bearing on what's going on with the team right now," Lombardi said. "We're looking forward. We're just worrying about what we've got to do. It's in the past. Nothing can be done now."

 On the play, Lombardi was dumping a puck in at the Red Wings blueline, when a charging Hatcher put the elbow into the side of his head. No penalty was called on Hatcher.

 "It doesn't help us at all," said Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter in reaction to the suspension.

 "We lost a player. It would have helped us if they called a penalty."

 Lombardi was helped to the dressing room and returned to finish the game. But the 22-year-old has not played since.

 His status for the rest of the playoffs is unclear and he's not expected to be in the lineup for Game 3 tonight at the Saddledome.

 "My injury's day-to-day right now," said Lombardi, who did not participate in yesterday's optional skate. "I'm just trying to get better and get back into the lineup. I'm just working on it.

 "I've seen (the incident) a couple of times. But again, it's something that happened in the past."

 LOOSE PUCKS: Dave Lowry, who played in Game 5 and 6 against the Red Wings but missed Games 1 and 2 in San Jose, participated in yesterday's optional skate at the 'Dome ... Dave Keon, one of the NHL's public relations managers, was on hand at the 'Dome to ensure all playoff procedures are in place and running smoothly ... Two Canadian WWE wrestlers -- Chris Jericho of Winnipeg and Christian of Toronto -- were in San Jose for Saturday night's wrestling event and left behind a message of support for the Flames.


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