Plucky Chucky pots one

STEVE MACFARLANE, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Walking into the dressing room with the All-Business Tie around his neck, Chuck Kobasew probably knew what was coming.

He'd just scored his first goal in 13 games -- his fourth of the season -- and was asked how it felt to get another one.

"Another one of those," he repeated, laughing. "I'll try not to go 10 or 11 games before the next one."

In all seriousness, though, the payoff was long overdue for one of the team's hardest-working players and most underappreciated by the fans.

After scoring 20 last year, everybody has been expecting him to repeat the feat. That includes Kobasew, who admitted he was a little relieved to find the back of the net again.

"It's nice," he said. "I felt a little bit of weight off my shoulders after I scored that."

Kobasew's teammates were equally gratified to see No. 19 score. But they also appreciate all the other elements of the 6-ft. 195-lb. winger's game.

"He contributes in many other ways," said d-man Robyn Regehr. "He's a very good forechecker, a very physical guy. He can really dominate a game that way."

The beneficiary of a great Alex Tanguay pass early in the second period, Kobasew knew just where to go when he saw his linemate going after the puck.

He wasn't surprised when Tanguay's quick dish found him after just a quick peek in his direction.

"It's the way he is. He sees the ice so well," said Kobasew.

Jarome Iginla said it's just a matter of time before Kobasew is lighting the lamp again -- and again.

"He's a goal scorer. He's been a goal scorer his whole career He keeps going out and staying positive and doing the other things," said Iginla. "It's just a matter of time for him to catch a streak."


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