Gior­dano hits mile­stone as Flames thrash Coy­otes

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CAL­GARY: Mark Gior­dano col­lected two goals and one as­sist to move into the top 10 on the fran­chise’s all-time points list as hosts Cal­gary Flames blasted the Ari­zona Coy­otes 7-1 Sun­day night. Gior­dano — skat­ing in his 800th ca­reer game — moved ahead of Jim Peplin­ski on Cal­gary’s all-time point list in col­lect­ing his 425th ca­reer point. Goalie Mike Smith made 22 saves for the Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Flames, who are rid­ing a five-game win­ning streak. While Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, Johnny Gau­dreau and Sean Mon­a­han both net­ted one goal and one as­sist, TJ Brodie, Mikael Back­lund and Michael Fro­lik also had two-point games for Cal­gary, who have scored seven or more goals six times this sea­son, the most since reach­ing that feat eight times in the 1992-93 sea­son. The Flames have lately been guilty of slow starts, but not on this night. Gior­dano and Mon­a­han scored 68 sec­onds apart late in the first pe­riod to send them off and run­ning. In Brookly, the New York Is­landers scored three times in the first five min­utes and Thomas Greiss made 38 saves in a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Light­ning. Brock Nel­son, Cal Clut­ter­buck, Devon Toews, Casey Cizikas and Josh Bai­ley scored for the Is­landers, who won for the 11th time in 14 games, moved to 17-7-4 against the Eastern Con­fer­ence and be­came the first Metropoli­tan Divi­sion team to beat Tampa Bay in 13 games this sea­son.

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The Flames’ Mark Gior­dano, left, passes the puck against the Coy­otes.

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