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Moss gets gritty goals in first three NHL games

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

 

David Moss likes to go to the net.


And because David Moss likes to go to the net, David Moss is scoring goals for the Calgary Flames and making a case for staying with the big club since being recalled in mid-December.

In fact Moss has tied a Flames record for a rookie by scoring in his first three NHL games and joins the likes of Kent Nilsson, who had three goals in his first three games with the Atlanta Flames in 1979 and Dave Hindmarch, who had three goals in three games over two seasons in 1981.


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His latest goal, blind backhand off a scramble in front of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, is typical of how he can get to the net, use his size and his hands to put the puck in the net.

"Obviously I'm feeling pretty good. They aren't pretty goals but I guess I'm in the right spot at the right time," said Moss, a fourth round pick out of the University of Michigan in 2001.

The scoring streak was broken on Friday when Moss didn't score against the Los Angeles Kings.

Moss was first recalled on Dec. 19 for a game against the Kings in Los Angeles. Lo and behold, on his first shot on net, he scored the game-winning goal. Welcome to the NHL, kid.

He was then re-assigned to the Flames top affiliate, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, on Dec. 22, only to be recalled on Boxing Day for the home-and-home series against the Vancouver Canucks. And, lo and behold, he scores in both games. Merry Christmas, kid.

His three goals came on four shots for a 75 per cent success rate.

"I just try and go to the net and keep my stick on the ice and what at it," said Moss, now a second year pro after recording 21 goals and 27 assists in his rookie year with Omaha."This isn't something that I would have guessed would have happened. I'm not trying to think about scoring. I'm just trying to work hard and be in the right place at the right time and get rebounds and things like that."

Moss, who turned 25 on December 28, said he is still adjusting to the NHL game and admits to being nervous.

"Being nervous is good sometimes because it gives you a little adrenalin," he smiled. "The overall speed of the game is faster and the players are smarter, bigger and stronger. I think that has been the adjustment."

But Moss hasn't changed one thing in his game -- he lives by the adage of going to the net.

"I try and go there be strong in those areas," he said. "Eventually the puck is going to go there. Usually good things happen when you got to the net and you battle for rebounds and so far that's where all my goals have come from -- around the crease," said Moss.

And he has a calming influence in veteran Stephane Yelle, who was pulling duty at centre between Moss and another rookie, Dustin Boyd, who was re-assigned to Omaha on Saturday.

"He makes it easier for me out there," said Moss of Yelle. "He is great on face-offs and responsible defensively. He does all the little things well. I try and do the same things, block shots, be responsible defensively and go to the net."

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