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Flames pound Pacific Division powerhouse Ducks

Corban Knight of the Calgary Flames looks for an opportunity as Mark Fistric and Frederik Andersen...

Corban Knight of the Calgary Flames looks for an opportunity as Mark Fistric and Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks defend at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, March 12, 2014. (DEREK LEUNG/Getty Images/AFP)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

CALGARY - Guaranteed, nobody in the Sea of Red was complaining about the Calgary Flames ruining their draft position with a win.

They were having way too much fun enjoying the club’s biggest rout of the season, a 7-2 thumping of the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Yes, these are the same Ducks who spent a couple of months atop the NHL standings, but they left the Saddledome plucked, cooked and carved by the all-but-mathematically eliminated Flames, who posted their best offensive performance of the season.

Mark Giordano gave the announced Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289 fans reason to cheer nice and early when he opened the scoring before the four-minute mark. It was the beginning of the best opening frame of the season for the Flames.

Giordano fired a point-shot slapper that ricocheted off the stick of Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri and eluded goalie Jonas Hiller. It was Giordano’s 11th tally of the season, which ties his career best goal total.

That just got the ball rolling, and it picked up steam when TJ Galiardi doubled the lead while the hosts were shorthanded. Paul Byron zipped down the ice on a two-on-one rush and made a perfect pass for Galiardi to finish for his third goal of the season — and second while killing a penalty.


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