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The league leader in blocked shots takes on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, so, here are some of the best examples of him putting his body in the line of fire to help his team win hockey games.
via the Calgary Flames,
Relive the action and watch behind the scenes moments from the Flames longest road trip of the season.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Last week in Philadelphia, with his Calgary Flames about to embark on life after Mark Giordano, Flames head coach Bob Hartley was notified that many voices in the hockey world had officially placed Calgary’s playoff hopes on the gurney right next to their captain.
Of course, Hartley only laughed.
“It’s probably the same people who put us 29th and 30th at the start of the year,” he said. “Deja vu.”
I will admit to being one of those who thought the Flames wouldn’t be able to survive the loss of their captain and best player. Frankly, the argument wasn’t whether or not the Flames would wilt without Giordano, it was how they would wilt. Would the on-ice deficit hurt more than the mental kick in the teeth that losing your best player down the stretch can produce?
It was all up for discussion, but either way the Flames were dead, right?
Bob Hartley, coach of the Calgary Flames, after beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Wearing an ‘A’ on his chest, the wily winger is pacing the Flames in scoring, anchoring the right side of the top line every night.
And, yes, leading.
“His game is still progressing,” coach Bob Hartley says of Hudler, who signed a four-year pact in 2012. “More importantly, I feel his presence around the group in the locker-room, in the gym, around the team. That’s where I’ve noticed in Year 3 a big, big change. Not that there was anything bad before.
“We talked to many veterans about taking a bigger role in the new culture … in a way, they’re a reflection of our team, of our organization. Jiri has been unbelievable. He jumped right with (Mark Giordano) and all the veterans that we have.”
The value of Hudler to the Flames’ flock of kids is well-documented.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
... I had a chance to speak with Flames head coach Bob Hartley yesterday afternoon before the game. I asked him what he told his players after they lost Norris Trophy candidate and team MVP Mark Giordano for the season.
Hartley said he addressed the players after Monday's trade deadline because the timing was right, telling them this is their group now, no more help is on the way, that there was no way to replace Giordano. He also talked to his players about owing Giordano all they have and trying not let the season slip away due to his injury, telling them to get inspired by everything the captain stands for in terms of work ethic and character and use it as a group.
Hartley said he also reminded his players what people were saying about their team back in September, that Calgary would be in the Connor McDavid draft lottery. He told his players that now that Giordano was out everyone has written them off again. Well, the motivation speech has certainly worked so far with road wins in Philadelphia and Boston. Hard not to be cheering for the Flames right now to hang in there in the playoff race.
read on for more topic from the ESPN hockey writers...
The Flyers lost 3-2 in OT to Calgary...
from Mark Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
... a pool reporter asked Stephen Walkom, the NHL director of officiating, why the play was ruled no goal due to incidental contact and was unreviewable. Here was his response in a phone interview.
“That (incidental contact/no goal) is one of the things we’ve been doing a little more this year. I would say it’s happened 20 or 30 times. . .
“(Referee) Chris (Rooney)made a call of no goal. They (on-ice officials) met, contacted someone here, probably Chris King, and he told them it’s not a reviewable play. . .incidental contact.
“We think it’s a good process – in order to get the right call. We use all the resources available to make the right decision.’’
Watch the play below...
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
The third-period comeback wins won’t be the biggest test of the Calgary Flames and their ability to persevere through adversity.
It’ll be how they fare the final 20 games while in a playoff push without their heart-and-soul captain Mark Giordano.
The worst possible fears regarding Giordano’s injury suffered in last Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils were realized when the team announced on Monday Giordano had suffered a torn biceps tendon requiring surgery, and will be out for the remainder of the season.
“He was devastated. It’s devastating for all of us,” GM Brad Treliving said Monday at the team’s hotel in Philadelphia. “The next message to the team is this is what we’ve been dealt. We respond one of two ways: You hang your head or you pick your head up and you say, ‘What’s next?’
Calgary GM Brad Treliving announces Giordano will undergo season ending surgery on a torn bicep tendon.
Recovery is 4-5 months.
You can see how the injury occurred below...
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