Flames’ Mark Giordano suspended two games for hit on Wild’s Mikko Koivu

Mark Giordano is getting the weekend off.

Against his wishes.

The Calgary Flames captain and top-pairing defenceman has been slapped with a two-game suspension after Thursday’s knee-on-knee hit on Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu, who wears the ‘C’ for his own team.

Giordano will miss Saturday’s matchup against the Nashville Predators at the Saddledome and Sunday’s Battle of Alberta rematch with the Oilers in Edmonton.

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 a 2-0 win over the Wild.

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

Giordano will have company as he watches the next pair.

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.

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

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