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CALGARY—Ageless Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano continued his fine season last night.

The 35-year-old had three assists as the Flames kept on rolling with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Giordano has 43 points (six goals, 37 assists) in 43 games, which ties him for third in points among NHL defencemen.

“Just trying to put pucks on net, jump in when I can,” said Giordano, whose 303 career assists moves him past Joe Nieuwendyk and into fifth on the Flames' all-time list.

“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,” he noted.

“And when you do that with those types of players, they reward you.”

Giordano had the primary helper on both Elias Lindholm's power-play goal in the second period, which broke a 2-2 tie, and Michael Frolik's deflection and eventual game-winner halfway through the third, which made it 4-2.

“He's one of the best I've ever met. I couldn't be happier that I have a chance to play with him,” said Frolik about Giordano.

“He's been unbelievable, especially this year," he added. "He's really driving the bus on the back end now.”

Special teams was a big factor for both teams.

The Flames excelled while shorthanded, going 4-for-4, while the Avs gave up that important Lindholm goal on just two power plays against.

“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 Flames' centre Mark Jankowski, who notched his seventh goal.

Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk (empty net) also scored for Calgary (28-13-4), which is 6-1-1 in its last eight.

The Flames hold a two-point lead on Vegas atop the Pacific Division.

Nathan MacKinnon extended 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.

“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,” said Gabriel Landeskog, who fired 12 shots on David Rittich, the most shots by an NHL player in a game this season.

“We're generating plenty of chances and we allowed only 16 shots,” he noted.

“When you do that, you've got to be able to win.”

Elsewhere in the NHL, Ottawa edged Anaheim 2-1 (OT) and Nashville nipped Chicago 4-3.

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