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Amonte finally feels at home

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Tony Amonte admits he never felt at home during his first eight games at the 'Dome.

The ninth provided the comfort.

Amonte didn't just snap a nine-game goal scoring drought with his first-period tally Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, he also netted his first before the Calgary Flames faithful.

"It seems like I was always pressing at home, trying to do something great," Amonte said yesterday.

"I was just thrilled it went into the net. It eases things, your hands feel a bit better and legs feel like you have more jump. That's a fun part of the game."

It's hard to tell who was more excited about goal, Amonte or Darren McCarty, who mobbed his linemate like he'd collected an overtime winner.

"You're not going to find two guys that like to score goals as much as we do," McCarty said.

"He was falling down and I tried to keep him up but it didn't work, so we both went down."

Amonte isn't the only Flame who ended a slump the other night.

Jordan Leopold, who led all Flames defencemen with 33 points in the 2003-04 season, finally collected his first point of the season, an assist on Jarome Iginla's game-opening tally.


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