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Flames’ Giordano continues torrid pace in win over Panthers

Calgary Flames v Phoenix Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 15: Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Arena on March 15, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Flames 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Calgary Flames defenseman and captain Mark Giordano is on quite a run. As is that entire team - at least through the early stages of this season.

Giordano scored once and added a pair of assists as the Flames stormed back in the third period to defeat the Florida Panthers - before another small crowd - by a final score of 6-4. The 31-year-old veteran blue liner is now up to 18 points in the first 16 games of the season and the Flames improved their record to 9-5-2, which gives them 20 points and puts them two back of the Anaheim Ducks for top spot in the Western Conference.

Fascinating, isn’t it? As for Giordano, well, he has 10 points in his last five games. That includes multiple points in four straight games.

However, the win in Florida was not without its nervous moments and the Flames did suffer a casualty to injury.

Giordano himself reportedly went to the locker room for a brief period after crashing heavily into the boards, according to Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.

Giordano did return to the game. Good news, obviously, for the Flames.

“He lost his wind, and I lost mine too. He hit the boards hard,” said Calgary’s coach Bob Hartley, as per Gilbertson.

However, the Flames did lose forward Devin Setoguchi to an upper-body injury, as per Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.

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