Young Flames slick in loss to Oilers

RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

Jarome Iginla and the No. 1 line, put together for the first time this pre-season, were the offensive leaders.

But it was the kid line -- and a hopeful on defence -- who stole a big part of the show for the Calgary Flames.

Iginla scored once, while Alex Tanguay netted a goal and an assist, and Daymond Langkow collected a pair of helpers in the Flames' 5-4 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers in pre-season action last night.

But the surprising stars comprised the unit of David Moss, Dustin Boyd and Brett Sutter.

The youngsters saw more icetime than any trio other than the club's top guns.

On a night when the Flames discovered where the opposition net was, although they're still winless (0-2-2), the youthful unit seemed to make something happen every time they hit the Saddledome ice.

Boyd, the club's prospect most likely to add some offence to the squad this season, was using his speed to create opportunities.

Moss, who showed great promise last season with 10 goals in 41 NHL games, was driving to the net and working the boards with authority.

And Sutter, son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter, proved his game is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to a buzzsaw approach and work ethic.

"I think our line played well," Sutter said. "We played with a lot of energy. We're out there for a reason. It's not to be fancy, just play our game. I thought we did that well."

Another youngster stepped up in defenceman Adam Pardy, who is likely going to start the season with the AHL's Quad City Flames but stated his case to be summoned with a goal and an assist.

Marcus Nilson scored the Flames' other goal.


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