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RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The way Andre Roy reacted, you'd think it was his 35th goal of the season.

Not No. 35 of his career.

After the Calgary Flames policeman notched the eventual game-winning goal in last night's 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators, he was cool as can be.

No jumping and screaming.

Not really much of anything.

"Like a 50-goal scorer," chuckled linemate Eric Nystrom, who set up Roy's third goal of the season.

"He knows how to put it in the net from that position and made no mistake.

"I think he did the sword, tucked the sword into the side of the pants."

Actually, all three parties to the difference maker looked like proven point producers.

Dustin Boyd intercepted a clearing attempt just outside the blueline to send away Nystrom and Roy on a two-on-one.

Nystrom sped around one defenceman and then eluded a sliding Shea Weber near the bottom of the circle before feeding a pass across to Roy.

All the fuss the past few days has been about the club's top guns, but the goal provided the perfect example of Calgary's depth, which is why the Flames (30-14-4) are starting to run away from the rest of the Northwest Division.

"Sometimes, it won't go their way, and if other guys step up and score, the defence or the third and fourth line like tonight, it makes it easier for everybody," Roy said. "I think that's why we're successful, everybody's chipping in."

It's a theme head coach Mike Keenan reiterated.

"They are asked to do an awful lot of work without a lot of notoriety. I'm happy for them. The team's happy for them," Keenan said. "They're out there killing penalties, blocking shots, waiting patiently, having an opportunity to play from time to time and then have to go through courses of the game where they don't get a regular shift, so when they score, the team was really supportive of the goal and a spectacular goal they did score."

It took a double dose of secondary scoring to complete the season sweep of the sinking Predators.

After a one-sided but scoreless first period, it took until nearly the midway point of the game to give the Saddledome sell-out crowd of 19,289 reason to stand up and cheer.

That's when the trio sitting third on the depth chart worked a pretty play to open the scoring.

Curtis Glencross was parked in the corner for a pass from David Moss, and immediately fired a crisp feed through a pair of defenders to the front of the net to Matthew Lombardi for an easy tap-in.

"I've been getting a lot of chances and I haven't found the back of the net much," Lombardi said. "Moss and Glencross made a great play and it found the back of the net for me, so it was good."

Adrian Aucoin's third-period five-on-three powerplay goal provided the insurance, a tally which Michael Cammalleri assisted on to run his point streak to eight games -- which ties a career high -- in which he's collected 11 goals and three helpers.

Not all of Calgary's other stars were silent, though.

J.P. Dumont snapped Miikka Kiprusoff's shutout bid with 12 minutes remaining in the game, but the Flames netminder came through with several sparkling saves -- the biggest being a sprawling stop on Ryan Jones when it was a 2-1 game and the Preds were on the powerplay.

Calgary starts a two-game road trip beginning Monday in Denver before going to Dallas the next night.


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