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Historic night for Giordano a good reminder of everything the captain contributes on and off the ice

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Up in the Rogers Arena rafters, on the whiz-bang, all-the-bells-and-whistles LED scoreboard, a trailer teaser heralded the upcoming Gerard Butler sci-fi pulse-quickener Geostorm, coming soon to a theatre near you.

Directly downward, a hundred feet below on the ice surface, an extended-run critic's choice was playing again to rave reviews: Giostorm.

"Our captain was a monster out there,'' lauded Flames coach Glen Gulutzan of Mark Giordano's relentless tidal-wave of an evening,

"Just looking at his will today, he pushed us through."

Thing is, aficionados of the Flaming C, because of the captain's tenure, understated style and sheer professionalism, tend to subconsciously take No. 5 a tad for granted sometimes.

So Saturday's 5-2 slap-down of the Canucks in Vancouver provided a remindful glimpse into the magic of Giordano.

Significantly, he high-tailed it up into the rush to cash a shorthanded goal 11:37 in and get the Flames, trying to reset after Friday's stinging 6-0 home loss to the Ottawa Senators, off on the right foot.

It was the 100th tally of his NHL career.

He became just the fourth defenceman in Flames history to achieve that mark, joining some lofty company alongside Al MacInnis, Gary Suter and Paul Reinhart.

Just as important as the goal were those 24:34 of ice time in all the jackpot situations, four shots on net, as many blocks and a +1 rating.

Hitting the century mark, though, is an impressive and rare feat for many blueliners. Giordano's goal arrived 11 years to the day after scoring his first.

"It's good,'' he said. "For me, it's a pretty special accomplishment. To get 100 in this league isn't easy."

He opened his NHL account scoring twice on Oct. 14, 2006 at Air Canada Centre, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"A big night for me, at home in front of my family. So I won't forget that one, either."

On the night Giordano collected goal No. 100, Jaromir Jagr pushed his point total to 1,719. He's now scored at least one for nine different NHL teams.

"I felt like the last two games he was all around it, getting a lot of looks,'' said the skipper of the 45-year-old addition. "So it was nice to see that one go for him.

"He has so many, I'm sure it's not as big of a deal for him. But it's pretty cool for us to see him chip in."

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