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TRELIVING DEFENDS CAPTAIN

Injury to Fowler was an accident and Giordano "a true pro"

by AARON VICKERS @aavickers / calgaryflames.com

Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray wasn't pleased. 

Turns out Flames gm Brad Treliving isn't thrilled, either. 

After the Ducks announced defenceman Cam Fowler would miss anywhere from two-to-six weeks with a sprained knee following a collision with Flames captain Mark Giordano, Murray voiced his displeasure. 

It was Treliving's turn Monday. 

"Obviously there was some comments after our last game," Treliving said. "You never want to see anybody injured. Cam Fowler is a terrific, elite player. You never want to see that. I want to make that very clear. You always want players to be healthy this time of the year. 

"But for someone to suggest that Mark Giordano is a dirty player, that it was an intentional hit, obviously I think those are asinine comments and Mark Giordano is a true pro and we're going to go into the series not worrying about what's happened before. 

"But I don't think making comments about opposing players … I think there's a method to the madness there is to try to put something in officials' heads going into the series. We're not focused on that. We're focused on making sure that we're prepared and we go out and play the best that we can play."

Treliving's words were in response to Murray's reaction following a hit Giordano delivered on Fowler in Calgary's 3-1 loss at Anaheim last Tuesday. Fowler skated in across the Flames' blue-line on a third-period rush, and Giordano came across to deliver a hit to the Ducks blueliner. 

The hit drew Murray's ire. 

"The big thing in hockey today is concussions but I still, as an old player, have no use for knee-on-knee hits, and especially if I think they are somewhat intentional," Murray told media in Anaheim on Thursday. "I hear how Gio is a good guy, and he's this and he's that. The media in Toronto is saying, 'Well, he's a good guy.' Well, he's done this before. I have no respect for people who go after knees. I'm sorry but knees, they wreck your careers real quick. I don't like it.

"I know I've said too much, but I don't care."

Giordano said the resulting injury to Fowler wasn't his intent. 

"There is no intent to hurt him," Giordano detailed postgame. "I'm just trying to come across in a 2-1 game to try and stop him from getting to our net. I make a hit. The result…I don't know if our legs collided or not. I think they did.

"I hope it's nothing too serious."

Giordano echoed that sentiment Monday. 

"I hope he's okay," said Giordano, who wasn't penalized for the hit and received no supplemental discipline on the play. "It was never my intent to injure a guy, but it's in the past. I think as a team and as an individual I'm just focusing on the series."

Giordano answered the bell following the hit last week, dropping the gloves with Ducks defenceman Josh Manson during a physical final frame that drew a combined 106 minutes in penalties. 

"He's our captain," centre Sean Monahan said. "He's our captain for a reason. We're obviously going to have his back. He stepped up for himself there last game in Anaheim. 


"Whatever happens as a team we're ready to go."

The 33-year-old Giordano isn't concerned with further retribution in the seven-game set against Anaheim, though. 

Any additional rough stuff simply comes with the territory as Calgary's top rearguard, he admitted. 

"I mean, you play a lot against the other team's top lines. You're going to get extra attention whether you like it or not," said Giordano, who finished the regular season with 59 minutes in penalties.

"But no, I think that game…it happened and it was dealt with. You move forward. It's a playoff series. Emotions are going to be high, but as a team and an individual you have to find that balance between not letting it affect your game.

"I hope Fowler's okay, but I'm honestly looking forward to playing in the playoffs, playing in the series. 

"Whatever the case, we'll deal with it."

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