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Giordano revelling in Norris nod after tough end to Flames' season

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CALGARY – It wasn’t what Mark Giordano had signed up for.

Snagging last-minute tickets to Game 5 of the NBA Finals last week, Giordano and his wife, Lauren, presumed they’d be watching the Toronto Raptors make Canadian sports history with a championship-clinching win.

The Golden State Warriors had other plans.

"The Raptors should have won easily, so at the end, the wind just got sucked right out of the building," said Giordano of the loss that delayed Toronto’s first major sporting triumph since 1993.

"It was like a million people walking home, just quiet. No one was talking."

It was an all-too-familiar silence for the captain of a Calgary Flames club that punctuated a regular season conference title with a five-game playoff exit.

Such high expectations, followed by such devastating lows.

Only recently, two months after his team’s season ended, has the veteran been able to take stock of 2018-19 as a whole – a year in which he and his club made unfathomable strides.

"Now it’s time to move on, for sure," said Giordano.

"After the season ended the way it did it felt like such a disappointing year. But looking back now, we do have a lot to be proud of. We had a great season we should be proud of, myself included.

"To be up for two major........

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