Moss' four-ward thinking

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

David Moss is riding a four-game goal streak right into Jarome Iginla territory.

Heck, even the Calgary Flames captain hasn't strung together a stretch that long so far this season.

Few Flames have since the lockout. Todd Bertuzzi did it in October, and Kristian Huselius scored in four straight two seasons ago. Daymond Langkow hasn't even pocketed goals in four consecutive games as a Flame despite making it to three a handful of times.

So, the streak is significant.

Just not to Moss.

The 26-year-old says he doesn't think about it before a game. His roommate, Eric Nystrom, can attest to that.

"Stats are so secondary to winning. That's hard to find in a guy that can put the puck in the net," said Nystrom yesterday. "He doesn't get caught up in the numbers.

"That's something that I respect about Mosser so much."

Respect is a trait Moss certainly has a lot of.

Along with his recent knack for potting goals, Moss shares a genuine nice-guy quality with Iginla.

He's an 'aw-shucks' kind of guy, quick to deflect praise toward teammates and nearly blushing when being complimented.

"The nicest guy. Most humble. Nothing flashy about him. He just goes out there and works hard," said Nystrom.

"He's always working hard, finishing checks. He battles. He earns what he gets. I think that's why he's been successful."

Moss would agree it's hard work that's paying off for him right now.

"I think I've been playing responsibly defensively and trying to go out and work harder," said Moss. "When you're doing that, sometimes the goals don't come, but if you stick with it, good things will happen."

The goals are definitely coming now. He's got eight on the season so far and his four straight is halfway to the franchise record of eight set by Kent Nilsson in 1983-84 and matched by Gary Roberts in 1992-93.

More Roberts than Nilsson, Moss is getting the goals by going to the front of the net. He was told in a small media scrum yesterday he reminded some of Detroit Red Wings crease hog Tomas Holmstrom.

"I don't know if I'm in that league quite yet but it's definitely a compliment," said Moss with a shrug.

"I'm trying to do the same things with going to the net.

"I was never a guy who was a dangler and making nice moves and things like that. The garbage goals are pretty much a staple with me."

He'll take them, and take little credit. Much like Iginla.

Where those two really differ is on-ice temperament.

"I tell him that's the one thing I'd like to see. Him drop the gloves or get in a skirmish or something," said Nystrom with a grin.

"He goes to the dirty areas of the ice and that makes him tough anyway. Some guys aren't willing to pay the price but he goes right to where it hurts. In a way, that's a different type of toughness."

Asked if he can remember the last time he got angry on the ice, Moss pauses and reverts back to 'aw-shucks' mode.

"Ah, geez, I don't know. It happens from time to time," he said unconvincingly. "I think it's because I'm concentrating on the game so much sometimes I don't even hear what other players are saying. I'm just trying to catch my breath while the other guys are yapping out there."


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