New players pay off for Flames in 8-2 pre-season thrashing of Panthers

CALGARY – David Moss scored twice Friday night to lead the Calgary Flames to a 8-2 pre-season victory over the Florida Panthers.

Moss, who only notched four goals in 41 NHL games last season, scored both his goals in the third period as the Flames struck five unanswered goals to blow open a close game.

Calgary got goals off the sticks of four off-season acquisitions. Mike Cammalleri notched his second goal in as many games, Todd Bertuzzi connected on his first, and Rene Bourque and Curtis Glencross both scored.

Also scoring for Calgary (3-1-0) were Wayne Primeau and Cory Sarich.

Second-year winger Dustin Boyd added two assists to continue his stellar pre-season running his point total to six points (1 goal, 5 assists) through three games.

The two nicest goals of the night both involved Bertuzzi. On Cammalleri’s go-ahead goal at 4:58 of the second, Bertuzzi whipped a backhand pass towards the front of the net that Cammalleri neatly steered past goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

Bertuzzi then showed some soft hands going to a deke to beat Vokoun on a third period breakaway, a goal which was loudly cheered by the Flames sell-out crowd of 19,289.

Velle Peltonen and Mike Duco replied for Florida (2-1-1), which suffers its first regulation time loss in the pre-season.

Miikka Kiprusoff played the first half of the game and got the victory stopping 11 of 13 shots. Vokoun faced 43 shots in going the distance for Florida.

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Among the many Flames that stood out on the evening, Matthew Lombardi was another after taking over centre on a line with Bertuzzi and Cammalleri late in the first period from rookie Mikael Backlund, that started the night in that spot.

Lombardi had three assists and fit right in on the top unit using his speed to complement Bertuzzi and Cammalleri.

Also standing out for Calgary on defence was veteran defenceman Rhett Warrener. Warrener, 32, is fighting for a job on the Flames blueline and he was literally fighting Friday night several times jumping into skirmishes to the aid of his teammates.

In the third period, he got in a lively scrap with Florida defenceman Jordan Henry, who earlier in the game had stuck out a knee on Cammalleri and earlier in the shift checked Boyd into the boards head-first from behind.

Notes: Bourque left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury… Prior to the game, Calgary assigned 17 players to Quad City (AHL) leaving the 33 players in camp – 19 forwards, 11 defencemen, and three goalies… Florida will play for the fifth straight night on Saturday night in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. However, none of the players in action Friday will be in uniform for that game with only the Panthers coaching staff making the cross-country trip.