Rebuilding Flames come out firing in win against Senators

Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman decks Ottawa Senators forward Colin Grenning at the...

Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman decks Ottawa Senators forward Colin Grenning at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, March 5, 2014. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 AM ET

CALGARY - During a rebuild, these are the nights you dream about.

The box-score from Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators reads like the seating chart for a recent WestJet flight from Abbotsford — home to the Flames’ minor-league affiliate — and Calgary.

Markus Granlund, in just his fourth outing at the big-league level, scored his first NHL goal.

Joni Ortio, making just his second start for the Flames, kicked aside 30 shots for his first NHL victory.

Paul Byron and Joe Colborne, both 24 and with just 141 games of NHL experience between them, also found the back of the net.

Add it all up, and Heat head coach Troy Ward was probably as excited about Wednesday’s effort as Flames bench boss Bob Hartley would have been.


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