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Cam Fowler of Ducks skating again, feeling positive

Anaheim defenseman on ice for first time since sustaining knee injury April 4

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

CALGARY -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler skated Monday for the first time since injuring his knee April 4.

Fowler, who took the ice near the end of the morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome, won't play in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, PRIME). The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

"It was a good first day," Fowler said. "Obviously, the first time on the ice, so you're going to test the waters a little bit. But it was as good as it could be for the first day, so I'm happy about that.

"I kept things pretty simple. Coming back for the first time you have to make adjustments. I was happy with the way it responded."

Video: COL@ANA: Fowler wires a quick shot past Pickard

Fowler was injured after a knee-on-knee collision with Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. The original prognosis was that Fowler would miss 2-6 weeks. 

"It was the first week that was really the critical point for where he was at with the injury," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "And how much more of the healing process and how long it would take for that to allow him to play again.

"We think that he's on pace to be available to us sometime here shortly."

Said Fowler: "It's tough to put an exact number on it. As a player you just have to go with how your body is responding. We're happy with the way it is responding."

Fowler said he initially feared the injury was more serious.

"That's the scariest time when you don't know exactly what it is," he said. "… When things kind of settled down after, you're kind of able to take a deep breath. Initially it was scary."

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