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Chad Johnson leaves Anaheim game with apparent injury

Tonight’s game between the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks was expected to be a night off for Flames top goaltender Brian Elliott. With the playoffs looming and a couple games left to use as tune-ups, the Flames turned to Chad Johnson to start against the Ducks.

Unfortunately, Elliott’s night off lasted just 5:19. He went down after a save and after the whistle, conferred with Flames trainer Kent Kobelka and left the game.

Officially, Johnson faced just a single shot.

If he’s out for a little bit, the placement of the Flames games this week is rather fortunate as the Stockton Heat are also conveniently located in California. Both David Rittich and Jon Gillies have played well for the Heat and would be perfectly fine options for backing up Elliott for the next few games (while the other one back-stops the Heat during their quest for a playoff spot).

  • Rittich, 24, is 13-11-2 with a 2.28 goals against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts
  • Gillies, 23, is 17-14-4 with a 2.95 goals against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout

Rittich is arguably the better of the two goalies this season: he’s second in the AHL in shutouts, eighth in save percentage and 10th in goals against average. That said, Gillies got the emergency call-up earlier this season when Elliott was too sick to dress.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    If Johnson hurt extends into the playoffs, his teammates had better get their golf clubs ready and their tee times booked for right after the first round. Impossible in today’s NHL to make a long playoff run without a tried and true NHL backup. On the other hand, if either Gillies or Rittich steps in and absolutely sizzles, then do the Flames’ have their starter for next season at a bargain basement price or is the guy nothing more than an eighth day wonder on the seventh day just as so many playoff heroes from the past quickly faded into regular season obscurity. The fact is if Johnson is down and out, the Flames are one and done in the playoffs.

  • ThisBigMouthIsRight

    Ungh- why do the flames even bother to challenge? whomever is in TO on challenges has to be from Vancouver. Flames better go Full throttle/Take No Prisoners in the 3erd or Meh/here we go again!