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Age Isn't Slowing Giordano

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: February 28, 2019, 3:52 am ET

When Mark Giordano signed a six-year, $40.5 million contract back in August 2015, the cap hit looked good, but it was a significant risk too.  After all, the contract would run through 2021-22, meaning that he would be 38-years-old by its conclusion.  Obviously we don’t know how he’ll do in the back half, but so far he’s aging incredibly well.

At the age of 35-years-old, Giordano isn’t just maintaining his status as an elite defenseman, he’s having arguably the best season of his career.  With a goal in Calgary’s 2-1 win against New Jersey on Wednesday, he recorded his 60th point in just 62 games.  This is the first time he’s hit the 60-point milestone and he's also just the fifth defensemen who has reached the 60 points mark at the age of 35 or older, per the Calgary Sun.  He’s also averaging 24:41 minutes per game, has 121 blocks, and, for what it’s worth, ranks second in the league with a plus-31 rating.  Meanwhile, Calgary has now won seven games in a row to improve to 41-16-7.  The Flames have opened up a seven-point edge in the Pacific Division race with just 18 games to go.

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EDMONTON 6 TORONTO 2

Andreas Johnsson scored two goals, including the game winner.  He’s up to 19 goals and 36 points in 56 contests.

Mitchell Marner found the back of the net and registered two assists for the Maple Leafs.  That gives him 22 goals and 74 points in 63 games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted a goal for the Oilers.  It was his 20th goal and 56th point in 63 contests.

Mikko Koskinen allowed four goals on 16 shots before being pulled just 24:46 minutes into the game.  Anthony Stolarz kicked out 18 of 20 shots the rest of the way.

Frederik Andersen stopped 34 of 36 Oilers shots.  He’s 30-13-3 with a 2.59 GAA and .923 save percentage in 46 games.

CALGARY 2 NEW JERSEY 1

Mark Giordano accounted for the game-winning goal.  It was his 14th goal and 60th point in 62 contests.

The Flames’ other goal was scored by Elias Lindholm.  He has 26 goals and 72 points in 64 games.

David Rittich stopped 19 of 20 Devils shots.  He improved to 22-5-5 with a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage in 36 contests.

New Jersey’s goal was netted by Kevin Rooney.  That gives him three goals and five points in 25 games.

Mackenzie Blackwood turned aside 33 of 35 shots in his first start since being recalled by New Jersey.  He’s 6-5-0 with a 2.35 GAA and .928 save percentage in 14 contests.

TAMPA BAY 4 NY RANGERS 3 (OT)

Victor Hedman scored the overtime winner and registered an assist.  He has eight goals and 39 points in 56 games.

Nikita Kucherov assisted on three of the Lightning’s four goals.  He’s up to 30 goals and 104 points in 64 contests.

Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 33 of 36 Rangers shots.  He’s 29-7-4 with a 2.28 GAA and .930 save percentage in 40 games.

Jimmy Vesey found the back of the net and registered an assist for the Rangers.  That gives him 16 goals and 34 points in 62 games.

Alexandar Georgiev turned aside 26 of 30 shots last night.  He allowed two goals on 14 shots in the first period.

COLORADO 3 VANCOUVER 2 (SO)

Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 of 32 shots in regulation time.  He then only allowed one goal in six shootout rounds to get the extra point.

Jacob Markstrom kicked out 43 of 45 shots before the shootout.  When it came to the skills competition, he was beaten twice in six rounds.

Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal.  The Avalanche forward has 27 goals and 81 points in 64 games.

Colorado’s other regulation time goal was scored by Nathan MacKinnon.  He has 33 goals and 81 points in 64 contests.

Alex Biega assisted on both of the Canucks’ markers.  He has two goals and 10 points in 25 games.

CHICAGO 4 ANAHEIM 3

Alex DeBrincat scored a pair of goals for Chicago.  The second came at 15:06 of the third period and tied the contest at 3-3.  He’s up to 36 goals and 64 points in 64 games.

Patrick Kane found the back of the net with just 17 seconds remaining to complete the comeback.  It was his 40th goal and 94th point in 63 contests.

Devin Shore netted a shorthanded goal for Anaheim.  He has seven goals and 23 points in 60 games.

Ryan Miller stopped 31 of 35 Blackhawks shots.  He’s 6-4-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .925 save percentage in 14 games.

At the other end of the ice, Corey Crawford saved 29 of 32 shots.  He was making his first start since Dec. 16 due to a concussion.