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It's defence second when it comes to Godard

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

The practice session was intense, make no mistae about it.

But yesterday's skate at the Stampede Corral for the Calgary Flames had its share of fun and games, too.

Probably nobody had more enjoyment than Eric Godard.

The Calgary Flames policeman was noticeable for more than one reason. Godard, a right-winger, skated for some of the practice as a defenceman -- and did a masterful job on one-on-one drills -- and then came to the fore during the scrimmage.

With a beautiful tally, he found a seam and one-timed the pass as he scored the game-winning goal for the red squad in the 3-2 victory over the black side.

"I thought there would be more of a celebration, though," he said. "Marcus (Nilson) was pretty pumped but nobody came off the bench.

"I'm kinda disappointed."

Maybe it's because the Flames have grown to expect all of Godard's goals to be big. He did net the winner against Nashville with his lone tally of the season.

It's the second great offensive day for Godard in recent practices.

He won the shootout a few days ago.

"I'm trying to make a case for myself to get a little extra ice time out there, get out there for overtime or a shootout," he said.

As for the defenceman duties, he admitted it was more of a numbers thing. The Flames currently boast 13 forwards and seven defencemen, so he moved to the other side to make it four full lines and four sets of blueliners.

"There's only a couple of drills you do it. Hey, fill in wherever you can," Godard said.

The last time he played defence was his second season of bantam, "but they told me to move up to forward because I couldn't skate backwards."


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