CALGARY, AB -- After Mark Giordano, Niklas Hagman and Cory Sarich were all knocked out of action for short periods of time in the second period, the Calgary Flames thought they had escaped their game against the Chicago Blackhawks unscathed.
Unfortunately, the third period yielded a potentionally costly malady.
First line center Brendan Morrison staggered off the ice late in the game, heavily favouring his left side. It wasn't a pretty sight - the veteran staggered off course in his effort to get off the ice, nearly falling into the Chicago bench. By the time he made it to his own bench, Flames medical personnel immediately flanked him, helping him to the locker room.
"We'll know more today," acting general manager Jay Feaster told NHL Live on Thursday. "He saw the doctor and was having an MRI. Once the doctor reviews the MRI, then we'll know the extent of injury.
"It was difficult to tell last night because the knee was in spasm and swollen. You have to wait until that settles done so we'll know today what the status is."
Morrison's linemate Jarome Iginla expressed his concern after the game.
"He's been great for us all year," he told the assembled media. "Plays in all situations - penalty kill, on the power play - so hopefully it's not too long ... or he feels better quickly. Losing him, he's a big part of our team. Hopefuly he's not out long. We'll see."
With Morrison's status unknown, there is a good chance newest Flame Fredrik Modin will draw into the lineup on Friday when the Flames take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.