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Giordano making his Mark

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

Mark Giordano wouldn't dare call it a point-scoring streak.

The Calgary Flames defenceman isn't sure if he's the kind of player who will go on streaks.

Sure, he'll admit he's been collecting points lately -- four in five games leading up to last night's clash against the Vancouver Canucks -- but Giordano doesn't feel he's done anything all that differently than he was during the previous couple of months.

He was blanked last night in a 5-1 loss to the Canucks at the Saddledome.

"I don't know if you can say it's anything specific," he said. "Sometimes, you get a lucky assist or a lucky point, and sometimes, you earn it.

"Guys who are real goal scorers, 50-goal scorers, it's more of a streaky thing when they can get hot. For me, I don't pay attention to points because I'll go through a bunch of games without a point but won't feel like I'm playing any differently.

"Then I'll get a bunch of points in a row. It's just how it goes."

Giordano scored once in the season-opener -- against the Canucks -- and then went through a 30-game drought.

Yet, he's had a couple of tallies to go with a pair of assists during his recent run.

One thing that is different is powerplay opportunity.

Having spent all season up until the past couple of games on the second powerplay, Giordano's been recently paired with Dion Phaneuf on the first unit.

For a defenceman, it does mean more opportunities to light the lamp.

"Yeah, it's a good opportunity. I think it's a thing where we're trying something different, mixing things up," Giordano said. "Both units are pretty good, and we play about a minute each."

Giordano had been playing alongside Robyn Regehr on the second unit.

However, because he and Dion Phaneuf have shown excellent chemistry over the past couple of years, head coach Brent Sutter decided to see whether they could meld again quickly.

Both have scored on the man-advantage in the past couple of weeks.

"I don't know if it's much different (playing with Phaneuf compared to Regehr). Both have really good shots," Giordano said. "As far as the forwards and the way we set up, we do switch things up a bit. The main thing with powerplays is getting to the zone, getting set up and getting pucks to the net.

"I don't think it's that much different."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA

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