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Giordano, Flames top Red Wings for first home win

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com

CALGARY -- Captain Mark Giordano stepped up when the Calgary Flames needed him.

Giordano scored his second goal of the game 3:12 into overtime to give the struggling Flames a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

"It feels really good," Giordano said. "I thought, 'That's our game out there.' We played our game all night. It was a great atmosphere out there. Happy for our team to get back in the win column. We deserved that one I thought, and we got rewarded late."

Joe Colborne scored with 1:12 remaining in the third period, and Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for Calgary (2-5-0), which ended a four-game losing streak.

"A few guys stepped up after last game and said some words, [Giordano] being one of them," Colborne said. "He's not really that vocal of a guy, and when he steps up and says some stuff like that, we made sure that we took notice of it. And that's the mark of a leader; he was vocal but then he went and backed up his actions like he always does."

Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith scored for Detroit (3-4-0), which has lost four straight.

"I think we've still got better in us, individually," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think we had some guys really going and some guys were just OK and some guys didn't have great games. We need 20 guys having great games in order to win in this league. You're not going to be your best every night, but we need more guys with A games every night."

After faking a shot, Johnny Gaudreau slid a pass to Giordano, who cut back across the crease and lifted the puck past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard for the Flames' first home win this season.

"When I got the puck from Johnny, my first instinct was to shoot, but the goalie charged out and raced over," Giordano said. "I surprised myself, I guess, with that one."

Giordano had the chance to be the hero because Hiller made back-to-back saves on Tomas Tatar and Teemu Pulkkinen about 1:30 into overtime.

"That's definitely not my favorite, that 3-on-3," Hiller said. "It's part of the game. You try to adjust. You kind of have to expect everything. It can go quick either way. You kind of have to be ready for those odd-man rushes. I felt pretty good. I felt I was patient tonight and wasn't just going for the shooter and was able to keep with the guy who had the puck and don't move too early."

Colborne tied the game when he deflected Giordano's shot from the point behind Howard. Colborne was Calgary's extra skater with Hiller on the bench.

The Flames were among the NHL's best late-game teams last season, tying for first in overtime wins (nine), ranking second in third-period goal differential (plus-31), third in wins when trailing after two periods (10), and fifth in points percentage when leading after two periods (.923, 24-1-1).

"That was Calgary Flames hockey right there," Colborne said. "That's what we were so proud of, and what we spent a year and a half, two years building towards. That's our team right there."

Detroit led 2-1 after scoring two power-play goals in the first period.

With Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland off for holding, Red Wings defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green worked the puck at the top of the zone before Green fed Henrik Zetterberg down low. He quickly found Nyquist in the slot, where he one-timed his third of the season past Hiller at 7:38 and ended Detroit's 0-for-13 power-play streak.

Giordano tied it 1-1 at 11:02. Gaudreau worked his way behind the net and sailed a pass back to the point, where Giordano snapped a shot through traffic that found the top corner over Howard's blocker.

With Giordano off for delay of game, Smith's shot from the point deflected off a Flames defender and went past Hiller at 12:40.

Flames right wing Jiri Hudler, the reigning Lady Byng Award recipient, had his first NHL fight, against Red Wings rookie Landon Ferraro with 2:33 left in the period.

Hiller kept Calgary within one goal in the third period with two blocker saves, first stopping Dylan Larkin on a point-blank shot near the midway point, then denying Tomas Tatar, who corralled a wide point shot off the end boards before trying to catch the goaltender out of position at 12:31.

"I thought it was a good game," Hiller said. "Kind of too bad on the [penalty kill], we have to talk there a little bit what we want to do. Five-on-5, we gave up way less chances than the previous games. They had a few in the third. I knew it might happen because we were pushing and trying to score that second one, so they had some odd-man rushes. I felt good there and happy to be able to help the team win two points."

Green left in the first period, and Calgary forward Micheal Ferland was injured in the second.

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