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David Moss playing like Goliath

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:33 PM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Looks like David Moss is just warming up.

After sitting out the first few month of the regular season with a shoulder injury, the big Calgary Flames winger has made his presence felt with a goal and an assist in his third game back.

That includes the winner in Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver, which made head coach Brent Sutter look a little prophetic.

After the morning skate, Sutter gave Moss a glowing early review and wanted to see him build on his strong performance in Minnesota last week.

He did just that, firing five shots at the Avalanche net and depositing a loose puck past goaltender Peter Budaj with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to give the Flames their first lead of the game.

It held up.

“I felt pretty good,” Moss said with a shrug. “I felt pretty good in Minnesota. It’s one of those things you try to build every game.

“I was fortunate enough for one to go in tonight.”

In the right place at the right time, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder should make his living by parking himself around the blue paint and pouncing on rebounds.

“He’s a big guy. And he plays heavy. You need that,” Sutter said after the game. “That’s the style of game he has to play for him to be effective and for him to help our hockey team.

“He did a really good job.”

The revamped third line of Moss, Niklas Hagman and Mikael Backlund was buzzing in the third period, with Backlund getting the tying goal before Moss’ winner.

And while Sutter shortened his bench in the final frame — sitting Brendan Morrison, Craig Conroy and Tim Jackman for most of it — the depth displayed by the secondary scoring lines behind a virtually invisible top trio of Alex Tanguay, Matt Stajan and Jarome Iginla was something that bodes well for their future.

“I think it’s nice to have four lines that can roll like that. It wears other teams down,” said Moss. “You notice it in the middle to the end of the year where you’ve got four lines going consistently and your top guys aren’t playing 20-25 minutes a night.

“I think it’ll help.”

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca

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