EDMONTON, AB - Ouch.
Defenceman Oscar Klefbom wouldn't let a slap shot to the midsection against the New York Rangers back on Monday stop his involvement on Wednesday against the Devils and on the Oilers crucial upcoming road trip through Arizona, Vegas, and St. Louis with the club eight points out of a playoff spot.
"Obviously it was a tough one," Klefbom said of his injury. "First time I've experienced something like that. It was a different kind of pain, but I'm feeling better today.
"It's going to take more than that to keep me out of the lineup right now. We have some big games coming up and they're going to be a lot of fun. This time of year, it's a lot of fun to be in the mix and it's going to be fun for how we approach the challenge."
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The slap shot caught Klefbom off guard, and he paid the consequences after needing to be helped off the ice and failing to return to the game.
"I thought he was going to rim the puck, then I came out and he turned around and took a clapper that got me good," he said. "It's a part of the game I guess. I remember when he had Matt Hendricks here and he took a bad one. It's a different kind of pain, but I'm just glad I'm standing here and feeling better."
It was no laughing matter for the Swedish blueliner.
"It's not funny at all," Klefbom said with a smirk. "I see [Head Athletic Trainer T.D. Forss] coming onto the ice and he's laughing, so I was pretty pissed.
"It took some time and we wanted to make sure everything was right. I went to an ultrasound and some stuff, so it's nice to know everything is working and it feels better today."