David Moss makes a living in front of his opponents’ net.
So the 41-ft. slapshot he unleashed that found some space between Antti Niemi’s pads in a 4-3 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks Friday night might have been the farthest the Flames winger has been from the blue paint when scoring a goal.
“I’m not shooting from there too often and scoring,” Moss said with a grin Saturday. “I had a couple of wristers a few years ago from that same spot, but there’s probably like three altogether I can count.
“It’s bad when you can remember them.”
He took a little teasing in the locker-room when asked about the play, which wasn’t the greatest by Niemi.
“I don’t know what the goalie was doing,” deadpanned linemate Curtis Glencross. “It was right along the ice.
“It was a heavy shot,” he added, after Moss shouted across the room.
“What a snipe,” Moss laughed. “It’s a good thing I can’t lift the puck, huh?
“I was just trying to rip it, shoot it hard. I caught it pretty good, I just didn’t lift it. Usually you take a slapper, it gets off the ice.
“The only guy in the NHL who can’t lift a hockey puck.”
Nemisz gets call-up
The Flames were short two skaters Saturday afternoon at the Saddledome.
Neither Tim Jackman nor Niklas Hagman could take part in practice.
It looks like at least one of them will sit out Sunday’s tilt against the visiting St. Louis Blues — forward Greg Nemisz was summoned Saturday from the AHL Abbotsford Heat.
“Nik has a touch of the flu,” head coach Brent Sutter said of Hagman. “We left him at home. Hopefully, he’s fine tomorrow.”
Hagman got the worst of a collision with Douglas Murray in the third period of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Sharks and struggled to get over the boards on the bench, but returned to action.
Dropping the gloves twice, Jackman took a pounding from Ben Eager in the first period and then Ryane Clowe in the second. He didn’t return and his left eye was swollen. Rumours of a possible hand injury are also circulating.
“He’s day-to-day,” Sutter said. “There is a good chance he will be fine tomorrow. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”