Flames' young guns shine

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

EDMONTON -- People can't stop talking about Dustin Boyd.

Members of the media can't stop talking to him.

It's been that kind of camp for the 22-year-old Winnipegger, who was a sparkplug for the Calgary Flames in a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night in a pre-season Battle of Alberta.

Continuing to impress, Boyd was all over the ice from the drop of the puck.

He bookended the first period with scoring chances, denied in close by Dwayne Roloson on both opportunities.

Boyd also showed his grit, hustling to create turnovers in the neutral zone, drawing penalties, and even blocked a shot on an Oilers powerplay.

He was pretty good in the faceoff dot, too.

But it was his nifty pass from behind the net to a wide-open David Moss gave the Flames a 2-0 lead early in the second period, and they didn't look back.

Moss didn't have to look for Boyd to know he was getting the puck. The off-and-on linemates seem to have some serious chemistry.

It was Boyd who set him up for his first of two goals in the 8-2 thrashing of the Florida Panthers Friday night at the Saddledome.

They picked up where they left off, and brought new linemate Curtis Glencross into the action, too. The former Oiler set Moss up for his second, and the Flames' fourth goal of the night, in the middle frame with a pretty give and go.

Moss and Boyd are at near the top of the goal and assist categories, respectively. Moss now has four goals and seven points, while Boyd is up there with the likes of Ryan Getzlaf and Andy McDonald with six helpers and seven points.

Pundits are predicting these two teams as strong candidates to take the Northwest Division title, but only the Flames looked the part last night.

Roloson finds himself in a battle for the No. 2 spot between the pipes and needed to impress in his start to hold off Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, who's also on a one-way deal and for a much cheaper salary.

Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf got Roloson's evening off to a bad start with a powerplay goal 5:06 into the game.

Picking up a bouncing puck after Daymond Langkow blocked an Oilers clearing attempt, Phaneuf wristed one through traffic and between Roloson's legs for the only score of the opening period.

The annoyance provided by No. 3 didn't end there, though. Phaneuf was in Roloson's grill at every opportunity as the Flames enjoyed a few more man-advantage chances.

His night ended after facing 31 shots over two periods, with Devan Dubnyk starting the third. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney -- set for a full year of backup duty behind Miikka Kiprusoff after splitting those duties last season -- was sharp for the Flames, especially when new Oilers addition Erik Cole was on his doorstep. His three best saves early on stole stats right from Cole's pocket.

McElhinney also robbed Ales Hemsky with the right pad with the Oilers on the powerplay in the second period with the game still in reach.

Eric Nystrom scored his first of the pre-season, roofing a pass from Andre Roy over Roloson's shoulder on the short side. After seting Nystrom up with a little saucer pass, Roy showed off the other use for his hands, dropping gloves with Mathieu Roy.

The Flames play again tonight against another division rival in Vancouver.

FLAMES REPORT CARD

GOALTENDERS

CURTIS MCELHINNEY: Made some spectacular pad saves.

DEFENCEMEN

CORY SARICH: Had a great night offensively. Two assists. Plus-three.

JIM VANDERMEER: Great night killing penalties with Sarich. Was plus-three.

DION PHANEUF: Scored on the powerplay. Played with intensity.

ADAM PARDY: Logged a lot of minutes and looked solid.

MARK GIORDANO: Looks like a risk-reward kind of blueliner.

ADRIAN AUCOIN: Unleashed a blast from the point but otherwise was quiet.

FORWARDS

DUSTIN BOYD: The kid is even blocking shots now. Another great night.

DAVID MOSS: Great chemistry with Boyd. Netted another pair.

CURTIS GLENCROSS: Part of the night's best trio alongside Moss and Boyd.

DAYMOND LANGKOW: Does everything quietly, but does everything well.

ERIC NYSTROM: Scored his first of the pre-season.

WAYNE PRIMEAU: Workmanlike game. He also hit a post.

ANDRE ROY: Decent hands for an enforcer. Had a scrap and assist.

MIKE CAMMALLERI: Feisty game. Couldn't get much going, though.

JAMIE LUNDMARK: Seems to be working on his defensive skills.

JAROME IGINLA: Just one shot over two periods.

TODD BERTUZZI: Not his best showing. Saving himself for Vancouver?

MIKAEL BACKLUND: Another unassuming night for the Swede.

SCRATCHES

C Matthew Lombardi, C Craig Conroy, F Rene Bourque, F Brett Sutter, F Kyle Greentree, D Robyn Regehr, D Rhett Warrener, D Anders Eriksson, D Matt Pelech, RW Brandon Prust (flu), C John Armstrong (leg).


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