Rhett warrior ready to play

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:57 PM ET


 Rhett Warrener attended a Detroit Tigers game during an off day between Games 1 and 2.

 Today, he's happy his battered mug doesn't resemble the Pittsburgh Pirates' logo.

 Warrener isn't wearing a patch over his right eye, which was injured by an errant Steve Yzerman stick in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Wings. But he will have a shield attached to his helmet prior to tonight's Game 3 at the 'Dome.

 "I'm playing and I'll have a shield on, too," Warrener smiled.

 "And I'll probably start getting lots of points, so I'll have to (keep it)."

 Warrener, who scored three goals and chipped in 14 helpers during the regular season, may not become a prolific scorer with the Flames.

 But his physical presence will be welcomed on a team with an already injury-riddled blueline.

 The Shaunavon, Sask., product said he'd be ready to play regardless of the team's growing sick bay that already includes defencemen Toni Lydman and Denis Gauthier.

 "I like having a piece of hamburger on my nose, it looks really good," he said of the large gouge on his snout that was caused by the same high-stick.

 "It's playoff time and sticks get up sometimes. I was the unlucky victim. Sometimes you're nicked and bumped but you have to play. Especially at this time of the year, it doesn't hurt as much.

 "It happens all year. Guys play hurt and they may play with a little more pain in the playoffs but it's part of the mentality of a hockey player."

 The 28-year-old is able to brush the injury off now but admitted he felt a little panicked when it happened.

 "It was an eye injury, so it was scary at the time but there's nothing long-term to worry about.

 "The whistle didn't go and I was trying to get off. When you open your eyes and can't see, then you start to worry.

 "(The doctors) have done all the tests they can and everything's fine."

 Warrener didn't practise with the team yesterday but said he was merely giving his eye one more day to heal.

 "If I didn't go to see the doctor today, I would have practised but he said to take another day to make sure it's OK," Warrener said.


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