Pointing the right direction

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

SUN MEDIA -- Adam Pardy passed a big step in his development getting onto the scoresheet for the first time, but he didn't make the most exciting play.

The Calgary Flames defenceman assisted on Rene Bourque's second goal in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers.

It was Curtis Glencross who made the pretty pass to Bourque after Pardy started it with a routine breakout pass.

"It felt good to get it out of the way," said Pardy, who is getting regular ice-time because of Jim Vandermeer's broken jaw.

"Eventually, it had to come. It felt nice and it was exciting.

"I will remember it, but it as a regular play for me. You send a lot of passes up to the forwards like that. I was fortunate that Glencross was able to send it across to Bourque so he could put it into the empty net."

Flames head coach Mike Keenan is happy with the way Pardy is developing, and it showed during the loss at Detroit Wednesday.

Keenan threw Pardy out against Marian Hossa just to give the 24-year-old some experience against an elite player.

"Against Detroit, we had Robyn (Regehr) up against Hossa quite a bit," Keenan said. "I had a chance to send Robyn out there against Hossa, but instead chose Adam.

"He turned around to me and gave me a look when I did it. I said, 'You go stop him now.' It was a good opportunity for him to learn more about his own ability and how to stop top players.

"He had a great shift and it helped his confidence."

Being that Glencross and Bourque had the finish on his first assist, Pardy isn't about consider himself a scoring machine.

Getting the win would have made it much better.

"I'm not letting it go to my head," Pardy said. "I got the point, which was great, but getting the win would have been better."

Glencross out for trip

The Flames will have to summon a forward from Quad City for the two-game road trip that starts tomorrow in St. Louis and concludes the next night in Minnesota.

Winger Curtis Glencross suffered an injury to his right leg against the Panthers. He didn't practice yesterday and coach Mike Keenan said he would be out for the road trip.

"We will make an evaluation after we see these guys (today) and we'll see what we decide," Keenan said.

The Flames could bring up Quad City captain Warren Peters, who played against the New York Rangers last week, but it could also be Kyle Greentree, Jamie Lundmark, Carsen Germyn or even Kris Chucko, a who's having his best pro season.

Powerplay a focal point

The Flames spent extra time working on their struggling powerplay in yesterday's practice.

But it probably doesn't help the extra-man unit has to face one of the best penalty killing squads.

"We did it with pressure and that's another way to re-enforce their execution and knowing you need to make quick decisions," said head coach Mike Keenan.

"When you are up against what is considered a pretty good unit right now, it makes them more alert in their areas."


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