BLOG: Westgarth feeling lucky after scare

Wednesday, 03.5.2014 / 8:36 AM MT
By Aaron Vickers - (@aavickers) / Blog
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It obviously looked pretty bad but I was pretty lucky with the resultKevin Westgarth

CALGARY, AB -- It didn’t take a Princeton University alumnus to know how fortunate Kevin Westgarth is. He’s more than aware.

Buckled by a right cross courtesy Edmonton Oilers pugilist Luke Gazdik at Rexall Place on Saturday, the Calgary Flames forward went down hard before being helped off the ice by a pair of teammates, legs still wobbly.

“It obviously looked pretty bad but I was pretty lucky with the result,” Westgarth said Tuesday. “I felt great today starting the protocol coming back on the ice, starting to get a little exercise in today. We’ve got our fingers crossed. We got a pretty good result today.

“I watched (the replay). It was kind of what I thought I did. It was pretty ugly. I got out of it relatively unscathed in the big picture.”

The consensual scrap, just one second after Sean Monahan opened the scoring midway through the first period, was the third in Westgarth’s tenure with the Flames.

With 29 career tilts under his belt, it likely isn’t his last, either.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” the 30-year-old said. “Fortunately that’s the first time it’s ever happened. I don’t plan on making it a routine by any stretch. Live by the sword. I made a mistake and [Gazdik] made me pay for it.”