The Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild exchanged various pleasantries last night in a physical battle, and several participants will be given supplementary discipline. Mark Giordano will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety regarding his knee of Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu, while Ryan Lomberg will have one for initiating a legal line change in order to start a fight. Lomberg has also automatically been issued a one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final five minutes, while his coach Bill Peters has earned a $10,000 fine.
This isn’t the first time that Giordano has been caught kneeing an opponent, and it could result in the Flames captain sitting down for a few games depending on how the league classifies it. Koivu suffered an injury on the play, though it is not clear how serious it is at this point. Lomberg on the other hand will be guaranteed at least one game after he chased down Mathew Dumba and started a fight late in the game. Dumba had delivered a hard, open-ice hit on Mikael Backlund previously, but will not be disciplined further for it.
It’s a tough outcome for the Flames, who won the game but could lose two players in the process. Calgary is leading the Pacific Division with an 18-9-2 record, and a big part of that has been the play of Giordano of late. If he has to sit, the Flames will have to turn to a less experienced option on defense, especially given that Michael Stone is still out—although skating today—with a blood clot. Lomberg will not face the automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to instigate a fight since it was deemed a legal line change, but could have another few games added on.