Pardy puts glaring gaffes in his past

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

The sun came up in Adam Pardy's world.

"You've got to move on," said the Flames defenceman yesterday, one sleep removed from a tough outing.

"You've got to realize it's a mistake. Being a young player in the game and wanting to improve, you know you're going to make mistakes at times. You have to move on, learn from it and stay confident.

"It's best to know what you did, know the situation -- the time on the clock, the score of the game, the players on the ice, be aware of everything -- and it's something I have to learn from and move on."

That's the right attitude to take after the forgettable performance Pardy had during Saturday's 2-1 afternoon loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

His game started on the wrong note early in the first period, when he provided the screen for Flames goalie Curtis McElhinney on Bobby Ryan's tally that opened the scoring.

Then Pardy gave the puck to Corey Perry in the waning seconds of the middle period, which allowed the Ducks forward the breakaway chance that became the game-winner.

Like Pardy said, move on.

But is it easy to do?

"It's always tough with that situation," he admitted. "It's tough to deal with it mentally, but I think coming back even harder is the main focus, and playing a simple game.

"It's not my game to be trying things through the middle or fancy plays. I'll get back to things I did right and the things I did to get here.

"Confidence is the hardest thing to gain and easiest thing to lose. You have to move on, forget about it, know you have the ability to make plays."

Pardy has been one of the club's most pleasant surprises this season. The sixth-round draft choice from 2004 has been a solid performer and exceeded expectations while in a regular role.

Saturday's game is that first big adversity of the season, and he appears to be handling it well.

It helps the coaching staff made a point of showing faith in him after the gaffe.

"I think I answered that by playing him," said head coach Mike Keenan. "Lots of coaches would have said, 'OK, sit on the end of the bench.' He continued to play. He made a big mistake and everybody in the building knew it, he knew it.

"But they're human beings, they make mistakes, so you work with them."

Last season, Tim Ramholt made his NHL debut, made a mistake that led to a goal and saw a grand total of 45 seconds of ice time before being sent to the minors and subsequently traded away.

Pardy appreciated having the opportunity to quickly jump back on the horse.

"You've got to get on the ice and play. You can't be afraid to make plays or be scared," he said. "You have to be assertive and confident and that brings your game back up.

"If you start worrying, tightening up or nervous, that's when you start making more mistakes."


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