Giordano hurt late in Flames win against Devils


There was good news and potentially bad news for the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

The good news: They moved back into a Western Conference Wild Card position — one point up on the Minnesota Wild and two up on the San Jose Sharks — by defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1. It’s a precarious hold on a playoff position, but it’s back in the top eight with 21 games remaining in their season.

OK, more good news: The Flames once again got solid offensive production from the blue line. TJ Brodie scored into an empty net, giving him 10 goals on the season. Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman each had an assist, too.

The potentially bad news: Giordano, the Flames’ captain and stud defenseman, suffered an injury late in the third period after getting tangled up with Steve Bernier, according to Sportsnet. Giordano went right to the dressing room, and the injury has not been disclosed.

According to Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun, Flames head coach Bob Hartley said Giordano will be evaluated tomorrow.

That would be a huge loss for the Flames.

The veteran 31-year-old blue liner has 11 goals and 48 points in 61 games, but he also plays an average of 25:10 per game, which leads his team.