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Kraken’s Giordano returns to Calgary for the first time since his departure
Seattle Kraken Defender Mark Giordano visited the Calgary Flames for the first time since he was named to the 2021 NHL expansion draft, Kraken’s 2-1 loss at the Flames on Saturday. The 38-year-old played his first 15 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Flames and served as a captain in his last eight years with the team. On his return, he scored three shots on goal and led his team with a time of 21:11 on the ice.
“It means a lot,” Giordano said. “I think I came here as a beautiful young man, a young man who doesn’t know much about what the NHL is about, and the city, obviously. I felt like every night I played as much as I could in the game and I think the fans here respect that and have really shown me support throughout my career. It wasn’t Just so supportive and the people have been great to you in Calgary City.”
Canadian Hammond to start first NHL in four years
Andrew Hammond will wear the newly acquired Montreal Canadiens goalkeeper for his first NHL game since March 28, 2018, when they visit the New York Islanders on Sunday. Through 56 NHL games and 49 games, he has a 27-15-6 record with 2.31 goal-for-average (GAA), .923 savings (SV%) and four lockouts. In 2014-15 he earned the nickname “Hamburglar” for carrying the Ottawa Senators with a 20-1-2 record, 1.79 GAA, and 0.941 SV% to the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs after the team sat 14 points from the Eastern Conference runaway venue on February 10, 2015.
“Even after my freshman year when I went to Colorado (2017-18) and played in the playoffs (three), I had success again,” Hammond said. “So I think it kind of perpetuates the inner belief I have in myself that I can play in this league and play well. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will believe in that. All I can do is keep showing up and playing the best I can and keep trying to prove people wrong. “.
Sabers’ Thompson detects first hat trick
Buffalo Sabers striker Taj Thompson scored his first hat-trick in the National Hockey League in a 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. The 24-year-old is having the best season of his young career, leading Cypress with 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 46 games. Scoring three goals in an NHL game is something he dreamed of since his childhood.
“It’s definitely a great experience,” Thompson said. “You grow up wanting to play in the NHL and these are small dreams you have: score a hat-trick, win the Stanley Cup. To have one of them check in and get a hat-trick, it feels great.”
Avalanche tie second longest road win streak in franchise history
Avalanche made its seventh straight game on the road with a 5-3 victory over the Sabers on Sunday. The feat ties into the second longest winning streak on the road in the history of the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise, only after nine straight games in 2019-20. They could set a record back-to-back road victories if they win the next two races, at the Boston Bruins on Monday and at the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
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“To be able to put together seven times in a row, at a tough time of the year, I think is kind of showing that we can play our game, not only in our building, but on the road as well,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.
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