I’m not too worried about it. It’s something that’s always been, to be honest, a lot of fun and comes relatively naturally. When I get back, I’ll get right back on the horse. - Kevin Westgarth
CALGARY, AB -- Fall off the horse? Get back on.
That was Kevin Westgarth’s thought heading into Wednesday as he prepares to return to the lineup against the Anaheim Ducks after a concussion forced the 30-year-old to miss the past five games.
“You can’t let that change the way you play,” Westgarth said. “Everybody’s different and guys that get injured sometimes lose that sense of invincibility and other guys, honestly, it might help them out because they realize they have to work harder to stay at the top of their game so it doesn’t happen.
“You can’t tell until you’re back in a fight or something. I’m not too worried about it. It’s something that’s always been, to be honest, a lot of fun and comes relatively naturally. When I get back, I’ll get right back on the horse.”
He’ll get the opportunity to on Wednesday when the Flames host the visiting Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Coach Bob Hartley confirmed Tuesday that Westgarth will draw back into the lineup, which will mark his first appearance since a scary scene on March 1st.
Westgarth squared off with the Edmonton Oilers’ Luke Gazdic. The spirited bout was abruptly ended when Gazdic caught Westgarth with a stiff right, buckling the Flames forward before sending him to the ice. He needed help getting off the ice from teammates and returned to Calgary as the Flames continued on their two-game road trip to Minnesota.
“I was pretty lucky all things considered,” Westgarth said. “Obviously if we’re talking to guys who have gone through other head injuries, the result was pretty normal very soon after so I was pretty lucky that way.
“Even my initial SCAT right after was pretty decent, kind of very good, I suppose. I got through all the testing and it was back to baseline. I haven’t had headaches or anything, maybe just the day after, a minor one. I’m pretty lucky.”