ST. LOUIS — Mark Giordano didn’t get a call from the NHL’s disciplinarions over his late-game hit on Corey Perry Wednesday night.
But he didn’t expect one, either.
“I didn’t think it was much. I think it was a trip, if anything,” the Calgary Flames defenceman said of the leg-to-leg collision that had the Ducks in an uproar after the contest.
“The way that play was developing, I thought he was gonna get a breakaway, so I just tried to get in his way. It’s just sort of a reaction thing. He moved out of the way and I tried to shift with him.
“If that’s dirty, there are a lot of things that are more dirty than that.
“Maybe I stuck my leg out a bit and tripped him up, but
I obviously wasn’t trying to hurt him or anything like that.”
With no fine or suspension coming before Friday’s game against the Blues, the league seems to agree with him.
Set to return to action after a two-game banishment by the Blues, T.J. Oshie was still answering questions about his unexcused absence from practice Monday leading to the disciplinary action from the team.
“I apologized. I’m doing what I can to make up for what I did. I know nothing can really do that, but I’m moving forward here and excited to be part of the team,” Oshie said.