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Saturday, April 24, 2004
Updated: April 27, 3:21 PM ET
Vision improves, but coach holds him out

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Calgary Flames defenseman Rhett Warrener had blurry vision after being struck in the right eye Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

 Rhett Warrener

When his vision improved, doctors cleared him to play. He was on Calgary's bench in the third period, but he didn't return to the ice.

"I didn't think we should use him," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said after Calgary's 5-2 loss that tied the best-of-seven series 1-1.

Warrener was engaged with Detroit's Derian Hatcher along the boards near the Calgary net when Steve Yzerman appeared to unintentionally hit Warrener in the right eye with his stick while Stephane Yelle checked the Red Wings captain.

Warrener skated off the ice with a towel held to his face in the first period. Yzerman said he didn't know his stick hit Warrener when it happened.

"I hope he's not hurt bad," Yzerman said. "It's an ugly part of the game."