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Mark Giordano has been defying his age all season.

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CALGARY Adidas Dalton Prout Jersey , Alberta (AP) —The 35-year-old defenseman had three more assists Wednesday night and the Calgary Flames kept right on rolling with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.“Just trying to put pucks on net, jump in when I can,” Giordano said. “Playing on a pretty good power play with pretty good players, trying to move the puck around to those guys and get it in their hands and when you do that with those types of players, they reward you.”Mikael Backlund, Mark Jankowski, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik scored for Calgary (28-13-4), which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal for the Flames, who have a two-point lead over Vegas atop the Pacific Division.Giordano had the primary assist on Lindholm’s power-play goal that broke a 2-all tie at 12:57 of the second period and Frolik’s deflection that made it 4-2 halfway through the third.“He’s one of the best I’ve ever met. I couldn’t be happier that I have a chance to play with him,” Frolik said. “He’s been unbelievable, especially this year. He’s really driving the bus on the back end now.”Johnny Gaudreau added two assists for the Flames to extend his point streak to six games.Giordano has 303 career assists, moving him past Joe Nieuwendyk into fifth on the franchise list.Nathan MacKinnon ran his point streak to eight games with a goal for Colorado (20-16-8). Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen also scored as the slumping Avalanche dropped to 1-6-2 in their last nine games.“We’re not finding ways to win right now, whether it’s a save at a key time or a goal at a key time Adidas Derek Ryan Jersey ,” said Gabriel Landeskog, who fired 12 shots on David Rittich — the most by an NHL player in a game this season. “We’re generating plenty of chances and we allowed only 16 shots. When you do that you’ve got to be able to win.”Rittich, sharp all night, made 32 saves to improve to 16-4-3.“He was awesome, again,” Giordano said. “It’s the timely saves that are huge, to be honest. When you’re tied or you’re up one and he’s keeping that same score line. He’s been doing it all year and again, another big night by him.”Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, tested only 15 times, fell to 11-9-5.“We have to help them more,” Rantanen said, defending Colorado’s goaltending. “It’s been our problem lately. Not just the last two games, even before that. We score enough goals to win Adidas James Neal Jersey , but we can’t give up seven or five goals every night.”Colorado has been struggling to kill off penalties. Meanwhile, the Flames’ penalty kill had a big night, going 4 for 4 against an Avalanche team that came into the game ranked fifth with the man advantage.“Our PK, the role is to shut it down so I think we did a pretty good job of that and trying to halt their momentum,” said Jankowski, who scored his seventh goal.Frolik’s goal at 9:14 of the third, when he deflected in Giordano’s point shot, ended up the game-winner after Rantanen scored with 38 seconds remaining and the goalie pulled.Calgary got off to a fast start when Backlund buried James Neal’s rebound at 5:34. The Flames doubled their lead five minutes later on Jankowski’s seventh.But the Avalanche got back to even before the period ended.Consecutive giveaways by Rittich and Monahan resulted in the Avs getting a tic-tac-toe goal from their top line with MacKinnon completing the passing sequence with Landeskog and Rantanen.Johnson’s shot just inside the post tied it with 19 seconds left in the period, but the Avalanche came up short again.“A little bit disheartening, playing two games like that on the road back-to-back against two really good teams and coming out with nothing. Because I thought for the most part that we were really good tonight,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “It feels like defensively we have to play a perfect game right now because we just aren’t getting any puck luck at the other end.”UP NEXTAvalanche: Colorado is 0-2-0 on a five-game trip to Canada that continues Saturday night in Montreal.Flames: Host the Florida Panthers on Friday night. SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Panthers coach Bob Boughner went from hopeful to desolate to elated in a matter of seconds.Filip Forsberg’s apparent tying goal with 0.6 seconds left was disallowed due to goalie interference, giving Florida a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.”It was a crazy finish Adidas Austin Czarnik Jersey ,” Boughner said. ”Ten seconds to go and you’re thinking it’s over, then you see the clock tick down and the puck go in.”Viktor Arvidsson was posted in front of Florida goalie Roberto Luongo on the play, and his stick made contact with Luongo as he tried to shove in a rebound. The puck slid under Luongo in the crease, and Forsberg swooped in for an easy score. It was called a goal on the ice, but replay officials ruled that Arvidsson had interfered with Luongo, saying his stick ”caused Luongo to spin and cause the covered puck to come loose.””Obviously, at first, I wasn’t quite sure what happened, but once I saw the replay, the puck was between my legs and the guys just basically pitchforked me,” Luongo said. ”And as he spun me around, the puck came loose. I was happy that they made the right call there because it was going to be a little bit upsetting if that would have been a goal.”The Predators didn’t agree.”We scored a goal to tie the game with less than a second left, and then they take it away from us Adidas Elias Lindholm Jersey ,” Forsberg said. ”This one was clearly a goal. The puck is never covered, the goalie had no clue where it is, and it ends up on my tape and it’s in.”Luongo tied a season high with 45 saves. Colton Sceviour scored the winning goal and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for Florida. Luongo started his second game in two nights and had to take fluids intravenously after Monday’s 3-2 win over Carolina.”After last night’s game, I made sure that I did whatever was necessary to get the recovery needed within 24 hours to play again. I was happy the way I felt,” Luongo said.Roman Josi scored for NHL-leading Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves. The Predators would have clinched the Western Conference with a win.”We played a good game,” coach Peter Laviolette said. ”Their goalie played really well. There’s a lot at stake for them as well. Our guys played hard, we just couldn’t hit the back of the net.”The Panthers are four points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference and five behind the New Jersey Devils with a game in hand.”It was a great to finish to a hard-fought game by both teams,” Boughner said. ”A tough test in back-to-back against the best team in the league. (Luongo) made some amazing saves when they had their pushes. He was the difference tonight.”Sceviour stretched the Panthers lead to 2-0 at 10:33 of the third. Evgenii Dadonov flipped the puck from behind the net back to Sceviour on the right side, who poked it past Rinne.”I was the beneficiary there,” Sceviour said. ”(Dadonov) did a lot of the work there and made a heck of a pass. I just had to put it in pretty much an open net.”The Predators closed to 2-1 on Josi’s goal with 3:52 left in the third. Josi fired a shot from in front that got past Luongo.Huberdeau’s deflection gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with 1:30 left in the first. Jamie McGinn shot from the right side, and the puck bounced off Huberdeau and got past Rinne.Luongo made a save at 11:27 of the second and went down on the ice when the puck hit his rib area but remained in the game.UPSET CELEBSA few high-profile hockey fans joined the Smashville faithful in blasting the overturned goal on social media.”Dear (at)nhl I love you and I always will but (at)PredsNHL were robbed tonight,” wrote actor Kiefer Sutherland.”I am seriously livid. (at)NHL Adidas Tyler Graovac Jersey , fix this,” said Carrie Underwood , wife of predators forward Mike Fisher.”Hey (at)NHL , those are the kind of calls that cause fans to lose faith in the head office,” said golfer Brandt Snedeker.NOTES: Luongo, who turns 39 on April 4, is one game away from becoming the third goaltender in NHL history to play 1,000 games. … Arvidsson returned after missing the last game with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTPredators: At Washington on Thursday night.Panthers: Host Boston on Thursday night.—