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Moss liking in-crease in offence

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

There was a moment when David Moss saw Dion Phaneuf winding up and aiming in his direction that he could have questioned his latest assignment.

But the Calgary Flames right-winger volunteered to do the Tomas Holmstrom impression and stand in the crease on the first powerplay unit.

Fortunately for Moss, he was able to jump cleanly away from the Phaneuf howitzer and the goal was the winner in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.

With Daymond Langkow on the shelf with a hand injury, Moss was inserted to the top unit with Michael Cammalleri and Jarome Iginla.

Earlier in the day, head coach Mike Keenan said scoring on the powerplay is simple the way the Detroit Red Wings do it.

Get someone in front (Holmstrom) and send in some hard shots. Moss, who grew up near Detroit and watched Holmstrom, understands the role and the hazards that come with it.

"I just hope he's not shooting it high," said Moss yesterday.

"It's weird. When I see guys winding up, I'm not really afraid at all. It's a matter of trust they won't send it high where it hits me.

"I've been doing it long enough to know how to get out of the way. I played baseball, so I have good reaction time.

"It's my job to either tip it or move."

Standing inches from the goalie can also be punishing.

Either the goalie or the blueliner will hack, slash and cross-check the screener to move him out.

Being that Holmstrom has done it for years, he isn't all that popular with opposing netminders.

If Moss becomes an unpopular obstruction for opposing teams, he doesn't mind.

"I like getting under the goalie's skin," Moss said. "If I can get them off their game, then great. When you are in the goalie's face, they have to work a lot harder because they can't see around you. It rattles them to a certain extent."

The Flames powerplay, which was much maligned in recent weeks, went 1-for-2 against the Blue Jackets and there were plenty of chances.

The team also scored with an extra attacker out on a delayed call. Moss was part of the improvement, even if he didn't record a point or a plus.

"I take more pride in us winning games than I do in individual stats," Moss said.

Ice chips

Flames C Daymond Langkow is still day-to-day with his hand problem and will be re-evaluated after the swelling goes down. Langkow has missed three straight games ... The Flames sent LW Kyle Greentree down to AHL Quad City yesterday, leaving the team a player short. If Langkow can't suit up, they could call up another forward before tomorrow's meeting with the Wild ... LW Todd Bertuzzi and C Craig Conroy sat out practice yesterday but are fine.


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