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Flames' Morrison injured during loss to Blackhawks

Thursday, 03.03.2011 / 12:25 AM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- The Calgary Flames began their trip home Wednesday night holding their collective breath and hoping that first-line center Brendan Morrison will be OK after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury late in their 6-4 loss to Chicago at United Center.

Morrison glided to the bench basically on one leg late in the third period of Wednesday's game and didn't return. Flames coach Brent Sutter would not specify the nature of the injury or the severity, saying only that the team would "know more (Thursday)."

The Flames, though, know how big of a blow it would be if Morrison had to miss significant time. He has been the catalyst on the top line and has great chemistry with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. Morrison has 34 assists and 43 points this season and has been one of Calgary's best special teams players, especially on the penalty kill.

Morrison also wins roughly 50 percent of his faceoffs.

"He's been great for us all year," Iginla said after scoring three points on a goal and 2 assists in the loss. "He plays in all the situations, is one of our top penalty killers and he's on our power play. Hopefully it's not too long or he feels better quickly. Losing him, he's a big part of our team, and hopefully he's not out long. We'll see."

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