Defenseman has undisclosed injury

Originally Published: April 29, 2004
Associated Press

CALGARY, Alberta -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios missed his second straight playoff game Thursday night because of an undisclosed injury.

Chelios, 42, is believed to be bothered by a sore arm or shoulder. He declined to talk to reporters after Thursday morning's skate before the Red Wings played the Calgary Flames.

The Flames, who entered Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead, were also missing a defenseman as Rhett Warrener sat out because of an eye injury sustained in the second game of the series.

It's believed that Chelios was injured when he was hit by Calgary forward Oleg Saprykin during the Red Wings' 5-2 win Saturday at home. Chelios went to the dressing room right after but returned to the game.

Warrener was hit in the eye and across the bridge of the nose by the stick of Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman on Saturday.

Warrener's injury forced Brennan Evans into his first NHL game Tuesday. Evans, who played just 32 seconds in Game 3, was back in the lineup on Thursday.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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