One goal off Pardy's list

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

During the second intermission, Calgary Flames veterans took turns describing their first NHL goal on a Jumbotron feature.

Now, Adam Pardy can do the same.

Teammate Mikael Backlund has to wait, but he came oh-so-close.

Pardy, the rookie Flames defenceman, potted his first NHL marker in the third period of last night's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders at the Saddledome. It came in his 27th game since taking over for the injured Jim Vandermeer on the Flames blueline.

"The dream was first to play in the NHL, and after that came true, you look at the next step," Pardy said. "It was in the back of my mind. Although I didn't think about it too much, it's still nice to see it go in."

Backlund nearly had his first goal in his first NHL outing. The 19-year-old, who is fresh off the World Juniors where he scored five goals in six games for Sweden, was an emergency callup to replace injured veteran Todd Bertuzzi.

On a second-period powerplay, Backlund was parked by the side of the net when a Dion Phaneuf blast came off the boards. The slick forward had a bead on it but whiffed.

"I should have stopped it first and then tried to shoot," Backlund said. "My first shot hit the post, as well. Bad luck today."

Backlund took 15 shifts for 10:44 minutes of ice time. The Flames will likely assign him to the WHL, but this was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

"I made a lot of calls this afternoon," Backlund said. "They were watching the game on the Internet."


Videos

Photos