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Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano, San Jose Sharks blue-liner Brent Burns, and Tampa Bay Lightning rearguard Victor Hedman are the finalists for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman for 2019.

Hedman (2018) and Burns (2017) are recipients of the last two Norris Trophies, while Giordano is a first-time nominee.

Giordano enjoyed the best year of his career in his age-35 season. He finished second among all defensemen with 74 points and led the league with a plus-39 rating.

Burns once again provided forward-like production from the blue line, leading all rearguards with 83 points. It’s the highest point total from a defenseman since Brian Leetch’s 85 points in 1995-96.

Hedman missed 12 games due to injury this season but still managed to collect 54 points. The 6-foot-6 Swede was an invaluable member of the Lightning during their historic regular season.

The Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Calgary Flames from the postseason in five games Friday night with a one-sided 5-1 victory. Along with the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it marked the first time both No. 1 seeds lost in the first round in the expansion era.

The NHL expanded from six teams to 12 teams for the 1967-68 season, marking the beginning of the expansion era. With only six teams in the league before 1968, there was only one division, and thus only one top seed.

Calgary and Tampa didn’t just lose, the two teams were completely outmatched, combining to win just one playoff game.

The Avalanche will now play the winner of the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights in Round 2. Vegas currently leads the series 3-2.

Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, St. Louis Blues center Ryan O’Reilly, and Calgary Flames pivot Sean Monahan have been named finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

Barkov is coming off a career-high 96-point season. He also finished second among NHL forwards in ice time while being penalized for just eight minutes. He’s been a finalist for the award twice but hasn’t won.

O’Reilly, who’s also been nominated for the Selke Trophy, will be seeking his second Lady Byng after winning in 2013-14 with the Colorado Avalanche. He racked up a career-high 77 points this season while totaling just 12 penalty minutes.

Monahan, a first-time nominee, is also fresh off the best regular season of his career, establishing new highs in goals (34) and assists (48).

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The Calgary Flames have clinched the top spot in the Western Conference for the first time since 1989-90 with a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

Calgary is now guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout the Western Conference playoff rounds.

Everything came together perfectly for the Flames this season. The club has enjoyed breakout campaigns from third-year forward Matthew Tkachuk and newcomer Elias Lindholm while also getting career years from Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and veteran defenseman Mark Giordano.

Calgary’s victory over the Sharks was the team’s 49th triumph on the season, surpassing the 1987-88 team for the second-most wins in franchise history.

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The Calgary Flames are nearing an agreement with KHL goalie prospect Artyom Zagidulin on a one-year, entry-level contract, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Zagidulin was the backup to KHL legend Vasili Koshechkin this past season for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. In 25 games, the 23-year-old posted a 1.96 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.

The goaltending duo of Mike Smith and David Rittich has led the Flames to first place in the Western Conference this campaign, but the former is 37 years old and without a contract next season.

Tyler Parsons, a second-round pick in 2016, is considered the Flames’ top goalie prospect, but he’s struggled in the AHL this season with a 3.83 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage.

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The Calgary Flames were idle on Sunday, but that didn’t stop the team from earning a spot in the postseason.

When the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild, Calgary clinched a playoff berth.

The Flames became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

Calgary boasts the second-best record in the NHL at 44-21-7, and the Flames have posted 95 points through 72 games.

The league-best Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team to clinch on March 9.

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Mark Giordano may as well be guzzling from the fountain of youth.

The Calgary Flames‘ captain scored the game-winning goal in his team’s Wednesday night win over the New Jersey Devils, earning his 60th point of the season in the process.

With the tally, Giordano became the fourth defenseman in NHL history to record at least 60 points in a season at age 35 or older, reports Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960, citing NHL Public Relations.

Giordano joins Nicklas Lidstrom, Al MacInnis, and Sergei Zubov as the only blue-liners to reach the milestone. Lidstrom and MacInnis – who accomplished the feat four times and two times, respectively – are both enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Giordano’s game-winner propelled the Flames to a season-best seventh straight victory. He has 14 goals and 46 assists on the year.