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Roy draws first blood

STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

After being shut out in their first game of the season, bets were being placed on who would score the first goal for the Calgary Flames.

Well, anyone who put money on tough guy Andre Roy cashed in last night.

With the Flames down 1-0 just a couple minutes into the contest, the 6-ft.-4, 225-pounder pounced on a fluttering puck in the high slot and slapped it through Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.

From there, the Flames went on to grab a 3-1 lead before things fell apart in the 5-4 overtime loss in their home opener.

"Just following the play," said Roy, who hadn't even considered he might have brought a few fans an injection of cash with his unlikely first goal. "I think Preems was there and hit the puck, and it just layed there. I just whacked it.

"I think the key thing is just to shoot the puck whenever we get the chance. I know the guys tell me to use my shot more -- I've got a decent shot I guess. It was good to get a goal early to get a bit of a jump, but it sucks that it didn't turn out in a win. They never gave up. It's a tough one to see them come back in a game like that."

Roy lost more than the game. He dropped the gloves with Darcy Hordichuk in the second period and couldn't get much done before falling backwards to the ice.

Skating to the penalty box cradling his left arm, he had to leave the ice for a look from the training staff.

"As soon as I kind of went in to grab him, I felt my elbow," said Roy after getting treatment. "I think I kind of hyper-extended it. I felt something weird, like a little pull."


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