Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mark Giordano Leading Flames' Offensive Surge as Calgary Tops Canucks 4-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mark Giordano Leading Flames' Offensive Surge as Calgary Tops Canucks 4-1

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Giordano leading Flames' offensive surge

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CALGARY - Mark Giordano's recent offensive success has mirrored the team's improved play after a rocky start to the season.

The Calgary defenceman scored on the power play and added a short-handed goal less than 10 minutes later in the second period as the Flames won 4-1 on Friday night over the Vancouver Canucks.

Down 1-0 after 20 minutes despite outshooting Vancouver 16-5, the Flames kept coming with Giordano tying it 2:34 into the second, after being set-up in the slot by Mikael Backlund. It was the 14th goal on the man advantage in December after Calgary scored only eight times with the extra man in the season's first two months.

"We came in down after the first but it didn't feel like we were down. We were carrying the play," said the Calgary captain. "They caught a really fortunate break on their goal. We stuck with it."

Giordano put the Flames ahead for good at 11:15 when he went to the net and had Michael Frolik's rebound go in off him.

The goals came during a stretch of over 16 minutes where the Canucks went without a shot. The Flames outshot Vancouver 37-14 on the game.

"(Giordano) was fantastic," said Flames coach Glen Gulutzan. "He had a hard assignment. Him and Dougie (Hamilton) played against the Sedin line and I thought they did a great job."

Giordano has four goals in his last nine games after scoring just once in the first 27 games. Going back to Nov. 15 when he was put together with Hamilton, Calgary has gone 13-6-1.

"The effort is always there with Gio. I just see with Gio, like I see in all the players, more comfort in what we're trying to do and the system we're playing," said Gulutzan.

Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk, into an empty net, also scored for Calgary (18-16-2). Backlund added two assists, as did Hamilton and Frolik.

Nikita Tryamkin with his first of the season had the lone goal for Vancouver (14-18-3). …

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