Bad news comes in twos for Flames


CAL­GARY — Three mem­bers of the Cal­gary Flames will miss the team’s two games this week­end.

Cap­tain and top-pair­ing de­fence­man Mark Gior­dano has been slapped with a two-game sus­pen­sion af­ter his knee-on-knee hit on Min­nesota Wild for­ward Mikko Koivu, who wears the ‘C’ for his own team.

The 35-year-old Gior­dano caught the at­ten­tion of the NHL’s Player Safety Depart­ment when he ex­tended his left leg to trip up Koivu along the boards dur­ing the third pe­riod of Cal­gary’s 2-0 win over the Wild.

Koivu has since re­turned to Min­nesota due to a lower-body in­jury.

Flames for­ward call-up Ryan Lomberg was also ban­ished for two games as a re­sult of try­ing to pick a fight with Wild de­fence­man Matt Dumba in the fi­nal minute of the game.

Just mo­ments ear­lier, Dumba in­jured Flames cen­tre Mikael Back­lund with an open-ice hit.

Back­lund, the Flames’ most re­li­able de­fen­sive for­ward, is in con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

As a re­sult, Gior­dano, Lomberg and Back­lund will miss Cal­gary’s games on Satur­day against the Nashville Preda­tors at the Sad­dle­dome and on Sun­day against the Oil­ers in Ed­mon­ton.

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