Draper defends his hit

RANDY SPORTAK and STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Just the thought his integrity was being questioned was enough to rankle Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper.

It was Draper's hit on Robyn Regehr which re-injured the Calgary Flames defenceman's knee, causing him to miss last night's game at the Saddledome.

With all the dirty hits that have gone on early in these playoffs, it's easy to assume Draper's hit could also be put in that category. That would be wrong and he had no problem defending himself.

"I haven't seen it, so I wouldn't be able to comment but I was just trying to finish a check," Draper said of the Game 2 hit after yesterday's morning skate.

"If anyone knows me or knows the way I've played my whole career, I've never had the intent to try to hurt anybody. It's not something I'm going to try to start now."

Regehr missed the first game but returned for the second one in Detroit. He only lasted half the contest. On his last shift, Regehr was hit cleanly by Draper, though he took some of the impact on his injured leg.

FATHERS GET FAMILY SUPPORT

The fathers on the Red Wings received a gift from home at the Saddledome Monday afternoon. Sitting in their stalls were hand-drawn messages from their kids.

"We came to the rink yesterday and they were sitting in our stalls," said Kris Draper, who had the notes from daughter Kennedi, 7, and son Kienan, 5, taped to the red wall behind him yesterday. "I called my kids and I told them right away that I got their pictures and I put them up myself. They were pretty excited about that and I was pretty excited to see those."


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