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Moss up to new tricks

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

OTTAWA -- This time, the Calgary Flames made sure they could enjoy the milestones.

David Moss netted his first career hat-trick.

Warren Peters potted his first NHL goal.

All that secondary scoring was exactly what the Flames needed. Despite an injury-depleted lineup, it all added up to a 6-3 win last night over the Ottawa Senators.

"With the all the guys being out, everyone's role gets bumped up a bit," Moss said. "Tonight was just a couple of good breaks.

"A good win for us to start the road trip."

Jarome Iginla, who last game scored the 400th goal of his career and took top spot on the franchise's all-time list in a loss to Tampa Bay, continued his hot streak with a pair of tallies -- giving him eight in the past seven games.

However, it was the other snipers on the night who made the difference before the announced crowd of 18,865 at Scotiabank Place.

Moss scored Calgary's final three goals to give him 19 on the season, while Peters, playing just his third career NHL game after being summoned from the farm a few days ago, lit an NHL lamp to erase a 2-1 deficit in a wild and wacky first period.

Peters, a 26-year-old forward with 435 minor-league games under his belt, proudly had the puck in hand post-game for a photo to record the achievement.

"I don't usually celebrate a goal that hard," Peters said. "You see the puck go in and it's something you've replicated for a long time, since I can remember, but I was yelling with my hands up in the air and real excited.

"It's hard to act like you've done it before when you never have."

David Van der Gulik also earned his first career point by assisting the tally.

It wasn't a thing of beauty, as Peters grabbed a loose puck in the circle, made a move to bring it to his forehand and sent a sharp-angled shot on goal that banked in off the skate of a startled Senators goalie Alex Auld.

Still, Peters -- the captain of the AHL team in Quad-City -- had no problem with the fact he didn't score with a Howitzer of a shot into the top corner or after splitting the defence and deking the goalie out of his jockstrap.

"No, it was just how I like it," he explained. "It's how I've gotten a few throughout my career, so I'll take it.

Peters' marker created some much-needed energy for the visiting Flames (37-19-6). Soon after, Iginla scored his second of the night for the go-ahead goal before Moss scored at even-strength, on the powerplay and into an empty net over the final two periods to earn Calgary a fifth straight road win.

He, too, will have a souvenir to keep.

"They said they were going to frame it for me. It may very well be my last one," he quipped.

Moss admitted thinking about his third goal once he gained possession of the puck in the neutral zone.

"When you get the puck before that, it's to get it out of the zone. When you get it on your stick, it's a matter of hitting the net," he said. "I don't know when the last time I scored was before tonight, but I don't think I was playing that badly. They seem to come in bunches."

Coach Mike Keenan had no problem with Moss going for the empty-netter, considering it a reward for being an unsung hero the past few games.

"I'm glad to see he had a little bit more production. He was handed a bit more ice time and is becoming more of an important part of what we're trying to improve on in our powerplay," Keenan said. "I was happy to see him get the benefits of his work."

Filip Kuba, Mike Fisher and Nick Foligno replied for the Senators (23-29-10), who have one win in seven outings.

Calgary faces the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow night on the next leg of the seven-game road swing.


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