No Moss growing

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

The way David Moss sees it, the gorilla wasn't just 400 pounds.

"Oh, I think it weighed more than that," said the Calgary Flames right winger.

Either way, it's finally off Moss's shoulders, carried away with his first goal of the season in last night's 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

"It's nice to finally get that one out of the way and have something else to talk about," said Moss, the obvious relief visible on his face.

Last season, Moss was the club's up-and-coming rookie. In 41 games, exactly half a season, the lanky forward scored 10 goals.

However, the well has been dry all year for the 25-year-old. In his first 17 games, he'd failed to light the lamp.

Last night's goal, a key third-period insurance marker to make it 3-1 with just over four minutes remaining, immediately restored his confidence.

"The chances I've been getting have been pretty good and I think it gets a bit frustrating at times," said Moss, a seventh-round draft choice from 2001. "But the main thing is to stay positive and keep going. Hopefully, if the chances are there, the goals will start to come."

Not one who'll dazzle by going coast to coast or rocket a slapper from the top of the circle, Moss's goal came from exactly where nearly all in his NHL career will come -- from the edge of the crease.

He played give-and-go with Kristian Huselius while heading to the blue paint, and neatly tucked a redirection just inside the near post on Avs goalie Jose Theodore.

"Juice made a great play and I just tried to re-direct it," Moss said. "I caught him going back the other way, and it ended up in the back of the net."

Now, the onus is on Moss, who's been playing on the second line, to build on that momentum. Last year, he scored in his first NHL game and did the same in his next two big-league contests.

Not to mention, he's witnessed first hand how teammate Owen Nolan has netted four goals in six games after being skunked in the first 15 contests of the year.

"I really hope that's the case," he said. "A lot of times they say goals come in bunches and hopefully that's the case. Hopefully as a team we can keep the ball rolling, too."


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