Brian Sutter rolled the dice again starting Vesa Toskala twice in the last three games. This time Sutter crapped out. Toskala was horrible allowing three goals in which he should have had aiding the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames Sunday afternoon. The loss kept the Flames in 9th place in the Western Conference and I will go on record as saying I think the Calgary Flames will need 15 points over the final ten games to get into the playoff spot.
However the news got worse for the Flames yesterday when Daymond Langkow was struck in the back of the neck with a shot that left him motionless on the ice for an extended period of time. I was hoping to have more news to update his injury but this is the latest I have seen…
Langkow was checked from behind by Minnesota defenseman Greg Zanon and hit Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky as he lost his balance and fell forward. With Langkow’s head down as he fell, Calgary defenseman Ian White fired toward the net and hit his teammate.
Langkow was not moving as he was removed from the ice on a stretcher. The 13-year veteran remained on the ice for nearly 10 minutes before leaving.
A spokesman for the team said Langkow has movement in all his extremities and is undergoing X-rays and more tests. He was expected to stay in hospital in Minneapolis on Sunday night and return on Monday.
“It’s difficult to see your teammate being taken off on a stretcher. It’s hard to focus right after,” defenceman Steve Staios told The Fan 960 following the game. “Positive news coming back about him which is great. Overall a difficult situation….When you see something like that it takes a little wind out of you.”
Thanks to www.flames.nhl.com for the write up on Daymond.
Bottom line is it must be assumed that Langkow is gone for the season, even if in fact he only misses a few games. I just hope that no one rushes anything with getting Daymond back on the ice too soon. I believe this will give Mikael Backlund the chance to move into top 6 minutes, and it will be up to him to see if he can stick with the big boys.
If I get new information on Langkow’s injury it will be posted on twitter and a new blog if needed!
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!