By Kristen Odland
NASHVILLE — It’s not unusual to see the captain of a National Hockey League team try to do everything in his power to win a game.
Skate. Score. Motivate the offence. Calm down the defence.
Of course, Mark Giordano is employed by the Calgary Flames to do just that — and does it on most nights, including Tuesday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
The captain helped his defence partner T.J. Brodie score the team’s first (tying the game 1-1 in the opening frame). He then netted a power-play goal in the second period. And he dove in the final seconds of the third to help Karri Ramo on a rebound straight to James Neal. Through the entire game, he helped ward off the Nashville Predators’ newly implemented freewheeling system of Peter Laviolette.
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