Two Cal­gary play­ers are sus­pended for in­ci­dent

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Hockey / Pro Basketball -

Cal­gary de­fense­man Mark Gior­dano was sus­pended for two games by the NHL Fri­day night for knee­ing.

Flames for­ward Ryan Lomberg was sus­pended for one game as well, and head coach Bill Peters fined $10,000 in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

Gior­dano, the Flames’ cap­tain, was as­sessed a mi­nor trip­ping penalty af­ter knee­ing Min­nesota’s Mikko Koivu Thurs­day night in the third pe­riod of the Flames’ 2-0 home vic­tory.

Late in the game, Lomberg went af­ter Matt Dumba af­ter the Wild de­fense­man steam­rolled Flames cen­ter Mikael Back­lund.

In­sti­gat­ing in the fi­nal five min­utes re­sulted in Lomberg’s au­to­matic sus­pen­sion and Peters’ fine.

Blues

Alexan­der Steen’s sev­enth goal of the sea­son came on a pow­erplay at 4:56 of the sec­ond pe­riod Fri­day night and lifted the vis­it­ing St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win against Win­nipeg. Jake Allen shut down the high-scor­ing, speedy Jets with a 26save per­for­mance. Con­nor Helle­buyck made 25 saves in a los­ing ef­fort for the Jets.

Stars

Brett Ritchie’s sec­ond goal of the sea­son, scored at 6:26 of the third pe­riod, proved to be the win­ner as host Dal­las beat San Jose, 3-2, Fri­day night. Ben Bishop was spec­tac­u­lar in goal for the Stars, notch­ing 41 saves on 43 shots. Mat­tias Jan­mark and Miro Heiska­nen also scored for Dal­las. It was Jan­mark’s sec­ond goal and Heiska­nen’s fifth. Evan­der Kane and Lo­gan Cou­ture scored for San Jose.

Canucks

Van­cou­ver is al­ready tout­ing its ri­valry with the NHL’s new­est and 32nd fran­chise in Seat­tle. Of course, the teams won’t play un­til 2021, and the in­fant Seat­tle team still has no nick­name. But the Canucks front of­fice ap­par­ently fig­ures it is never too early to trum­pet a new ri­valry.

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