Secondary scoring

RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Remember those days when it was Iggy and the Flames?

You recall the time.

When the perception was Calgary's only hope for a win was a goal by Jarome Iginla and a shutout.

We can finally say times have changed when it comes to Calgary's offensive prowess.

Sure, Iginla is still the main man, but he now has company on the scoresheet.

In fact, a case can be made the biggest offensive contribution is coming from the second-line dynamic duo of Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius.

Heading into tonight's clash against the Edmonton Oilers, Langkow stands atop the club's scoring chase with seven goals -- which is tied for the NHL lead -- and 10 points. Huselius is third with five goals and seven points.

"Chemistry, I guess," sums up Huselius.

Nah, neither are Bill Nye the Science Guy. This is more likely a case of certain skills meshing.

Langkow won't wow anybody with size, but his fearlessness and willingness to always go to the front of the net makes him bigger than he is.

Meanwhile, Huselius is the man with the magic hands, dipping and diving through checkers, patiently waiting until the time is right for a shot or a pass.

Case in point was Langkow's game-winner against the Kings. Dealt the puck at the doorstep, Huselius calmly kicked it to his stick and juked 'n' jived L.A. goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin out of position before sending a two-ft. pass to Langkow for the highlight reel goal.

"He scores everything, so I better pass it to him. It's easy for him to score," Huselius said. "We read each other really well, so I can make those passes. It's just good that he bears down.

"He's one of those guys in front of the net all the time. He tips pucks, he shoots pucks and scores all different goals."

Fact is, Langkow and Huselius were a terrific tandem last year, too.

It should come as no surprise they both had career seasons together.

"They get down low in that little area in front of the net and he always finds him," said Craig Conroy of Huselius' great passing ability.

"If they get anywhere near there, Lanks finds the open ice and Juice always finds him. And Daymond buries it every time.

"Those two guys, they've got that sense and it's pretty fun to watch."

Langkow couldn't help but marvel at the nifty little pass.

"It happened pretty quick. I came out front, but I thought Kristian was gonna make a move, go backhand. He put it right on my tape and I had an open net," Langkow said. "That's a real unselfish play. He could have made one move to his backhand and put it in, but he chose to give it to me."


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