Confidence taking hold for Pardy

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

It was his second point in the NHL, but Adam Pardy's assist Saturday night was much more memorable than the first.

Pinching in with speed to scoop up a loose puck, the defenceman looked like anything but a fearful rookie as he juked to evade a defender and then hit a wide-open Andre Roy with a perfect cross-ice pass to give his Calgary Flames their first lead of an eventual 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Saddledome.

"It was a little nicer, I guess," said the Newfoundlander. "And it came at a good time."

Looking more like his newest blueline partner than a rookie, Pardy is proving he belongs in the bigs.

Alongside Dion Phaneuf the last two games, Pardy has averaged more than 19 minutes. Expect more of the same against the visiting Minnesota Wild tonight at the Saddledome (7 p.m.), as the Flames try to win a division battle and claim a third straight victory.

The busted ankle regular blueliner Jim Vandermeer suffered after the first month forced Pardy into the lineup on a full-time basis, and plays like the one he made Saturday might help keep him there when everyone is healthy.

"I saw the puck pop loose. I saw (Dustin) Boyd reaching for it and knew he wasn't going to get to it in time, so I jumped in.

"The D backed off, I saw Roysie wide open in front of the net, and there was a lane. I made the pass, and he buried it."

It's a matter of experience, now 21 games into the 24-year-old's NHL career.

His next words show he's not second-guessing his decisions. He's just reacting.

"I guess you're not really thinking at the time," said Pardy, when asked if he thought his long feed would make it to Roy. "You're trying to make a play."


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