Chuck eyes lofty goals

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Chuck Kobasew: 30-goal scorer.

The young forward still has a long way to go to reach that lofty mark but potted his eighth of the season last night in the Calgary Flames' 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at the Saddledome.

Crashing his way into the corner, Kobasew fed new linemate Jarome Iginla the puck along the boards then rushed to take a return pass in the slot. Iginla found him and Kobasew banged his own rebound past Red Wings netminder Manny Legace.

The powerplay marker in the second period proved to be the winning goal.

"It was sitting in his feet. I just tried to pick it out and put it in," said Kobasew, who now has 11 points. "We try to set little plays out of the corner, little pick and rolls. He made a great pass through some traffic for me to get that opening to the net. I just tried to keep going with it and plow it in there."

Kobasew's speed and determination in driving the net make him a dangerous player, said centre Steve Reinprecht.

"He's playing with confidence, he's playing with a lot of determination, he's skating hard -- those are the things that complete the equation," said Reinprecht.

The 23-year old Kobasew, though, is modest about his development.

"I'm just trying to contribute offensively. In years past, I haven't been able to do that as much as I'd like," he said. "Getting an opportunity to play with Jarome and Reino, that's a big boost. I'm going to get opportunities playing with those guys because they can see the ice like no others."

Recently promoted to the top line, albeit on his unnatural left side, Kobasew is on pace to tally about 30 goals this season.

His previous NHL best was six.

Flames assistant coach Rich Preston said the lockout season really helped his star pupil.

"It was real big for him last year, going to Lowell and playing with (Eric) Staal -- who's having a pretty good year himself in Carolina -- and Colin Forbes," said Preston. "Best line in the American League. It really helped Chuck.

"It's paying off this year."

Kobasew admitted he is playing with more confidence than ever in the NHL.

"I feel more confident to make plays out there. When you feel confident, you trust yourself, you trust the plays you can make."


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