Simon ends tough twine

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Chris Simon's relief was apparent.

Going 18 games without a goal, the hulking Flames forward finally scissored that drought in Monday night's win over San Jose.

"Everyone loves to score. It's awesome, a real fun part of the game," Simon said after yesterday's off-ice session in preparation for tonight's clash with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. "Getting a win is huge and the only thing better than scoring."

It's been tough sledding this season for Simon. Not only has he struggled through a couple of lengthy goal-scoring droughts -- his goal Monday was only the second in 35 games -- his role has been reduced noticably.

In fact, he was a healthy scratch in last Friday's game against Vancouver.

"I'm not happy with my performance when it comes to offence," said Simon, whose four goals this season are well back of the 17 he netted in 2003-04. "As long as you keep working hard and stay positive, things are gonna come.

"I believe, eventually, things will get better for me. The huge thing is we're winning, we're in first place. If I can help more offensively, maybe we'll make things even better for us."

On the other side of the spectrum, Robyn Regehr is the latest Flame to reach career numbers.

Having notched a career-best three assists in Monday's victory, Regehr has equaled his high of 18 points.

"It's always nice to contribute in that way and step up and help our offence," he said.


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