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Giordano practices, Hudler OK for Flames

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- Calgary Flames right wing Jiri Hudler will play in Game 2, and defenseman Mark Giordano went through a full practice after he was cleared for limited contact Saturday.

Giordano's participation created a buzz on an eventful day when Calgary coach Bob Hartley said Hudler is healthy and will continue the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN). The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series after a 6-1 win in Game 1.

Giordano was projected to miss five months when he sustained a torn biceps Feb. 25 against the New Jersey Devils. He was a Norris Trophy contender at the time.

"It feels great sort of getting out there and getting that timing and that speed down with the main guys," Giordano said. "I'm happy I'm taking maybe a little step here getting closer."

Hartley said Giordano is "still far off," and the Flames captain said the same.

"We haven't really talked about putting a date on it," Giordano said. "I think it's going to be a lot more of this stuff and ramping it up more before I can even think of playing."

Hudler, who left Game 1 in the second period with an undisclosed injury, participated in practice and it was expected he would return.

"Jiri's good," Hartley said. "We always tell you the truth."

Calgary left wing Micheal Ferland (upper body) rode a stationary bike during practice and Hartley said "hopefully he'll be in the lineup [Sunday]."

Ferland was struck high when teammate David Jones checked Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen into him behind the net. Ferland also collided with Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin at the boards. Hartley has said Ferland does not have a head injury.

Jiri Hudler
Center - CGY
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 6
SOG: 11 | +/-: -2
Hartley mixed up his lines and defensive pairings in practice, notably moving rookie left wing Sam Bennett around and using defenseman Raphael Diaz with David Schlemko at times.

Hartley said Bennett is in the lineup. He earlier said goalie Karri Ramo would start.

"I just wanted to look at different combinations," Hartley said. "Everyone is a possibility. Obviously we'll have to scratch someone, but you guys, as usual, will be the first to know."

Defenseman Dennis Wideman briefly appeared on the ice but left; Hartley said it didn't indicate anything.

It was an unusual practice; the Zamboni came out again shortly after the Flames took the ice.

"California's beautiful," Hartley said. "You get a swimming lesson first and then you get to practice. That's why you come California. But there [were] no sharks there."

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