Ducks D Sami Vatanen is late scratch for Game 2 vs Flames

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Ducks D Sami Vatanen is late scratch for Game 2 vs Flames

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen was a late scratch from Game 2 of Anaheim’s first-round playoff series with the Calgary Flames.

Korbinian Holzer made his NHL playoff debut Saturday night in place of Vatanen, who has an upper-body injury.

Vatanen participated in warmups for Game 2.

The Ducks already are without All-Star defenseman Cam Fowler, who was injured last week on a knee-on-knee hit by Calgary captain Mark Giordano.

Vatanen had three goals and 21 assists during the regular season while playing a huge role on Anaheim’s power play. The puck-moving Finnish defenseman logged more than 22 minutes in Game 1, second among Ducks only to captain Ryan Getzlaf.

Vatanen incurred an upper-body injury late in the regular season and missed two games before returning for the final two.

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