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CAL­GARY Flames de­fence­man Mark Gior­dano was sus­pended two games by the NHL’s depart­ment of player safety on Fri­day for a knee­ing in­ci­dent that oc­curred dur­ing Thurs­day’s 2-0 win over the Min­nesota Wild.

The Flames cap­tain was as­sessed a trip­ping penalty af­ter knee­ing the Wild’s Mikko Koivu in the third pe­riod.

Gior­dano will miss to­day’s home game against the Nashville Preda­tors and Sun­day’s game in Ed­mon­ton ver­sus the Oil­ers. The Flames top the Pa­cific Divi­sion at 18-9-2.

Cal­gary for­ward Ryan Lomberg also re­ceived a one-game sus­pen­sion, on top of an au­to­matic sin­gle-game ban an­nounced ear­lier Fri­day, for a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent that oc­curred at the end of Thurs­day’s game. Head coach Bill Peters was also fined US$10,000 in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

Lomberg left the bench on a line change and went af­ter Matt Dumba af­ter the Wild de­fence­man steam­rolled Flames cen­tre Mikael Back­lund in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion.

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