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.