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Offensive leader truly life of Pardy

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- The trivia question posed to Craig Conroy was straightforward.

Before last night's game with the San Jose Sharks, who on the Calgary Flames currently had the longest point-scoring streak?

"Lanks," Conroy stated immediately, referring to Daymond Langkow.

Wrong, since Langkow's run of seven games ended in Tuesday's win over St. Louis.

That prompted Conroy to start throwing darts, bringing up names like Rene Bourque, David Moss and Michael Cammalleri. The answer was simply shown in black and white. There, in the game notes, was Adam Pardy and his three-game run with one goal and two assists.

"Pardy lighting it up," Conroy said loud enough for the rookie defenceman to hear.

Pardy's reply was to use one finger to cover his lips.

"Oh, when you're that good, it's nothing," Conroy shot back.Which prompted the chorus throughout the room.

"Calder Trophy," said Dustin Boyd.

"Norris. Start calling him Chuck," Cammalleri shouted.

Taking a seat in his stall in the far corner of the dressing room, Pardy was embarrassed by the good-natured joshing from his teammates, but, rightfully, feeling a hint of pride to be chipping in with offence for the team.

"You don't expect that, but it's nice to see," said the defensive defenceman. "It's good for everybody to be able to help out with this team.

"I'm not sure you're going to see me often get three (points) in three (games), but it's nice."

It's worth pointing out before last night's clash, Pardy was one of two Flames on a three-game point spree, the other being forward Matthew Lombardi, who netted four assists in his run.

Still, Pardy's achievement is just another sign of how far the 6-foot-4, 217-lb. product of Bonavista, Nfld., has come.

Could this much have been expected when he was chosen in the sixth round, 173rd overall, of the 2004 draft?

Or when he spent more than half the 2005-06 season with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers?

Maybe not, but Pardy, 24, has shown all season he has better hands and playmaking ability than expected and is currently brimming with confidence.

"That's the biggest thing, being able to contribute," he said. "Playing the minutes I've played the last little while, and helping the team win games is big. The points are just a bonus for me."

As much as Pardy's point production is a big step, more of a sign of his improvement can be found in his ice time. He's skated between 16:29 and 19:32 in the nine games heading into the Sharks clash.

Mainly paired with Dion Phaneuf, too.

"I think we've done a pretty good job with communication, making sure we're covering for each other," Pardy said.

Another strong indicator is the fact even with Vandermeer back healthy, Pardy is still one the ice, not a healthy scratch as he was all but two of the first 16 contests of the season.

"Being a hockey player, you want to play. This team has a lot of great players. We're playing well and getting to be a part of it is exciting," he said.


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