Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - — Wes Gil­bert­son

It was a mile­stone strike for well-trav­elled marks­man James Neal, his first goal on be­half of the Cal­gary Flames.

It was also a mean­ing­ful mo­ment for rookie cen­tre Dil­lon Dube, who col­lected an as­sist for his first point at the big-league level.

So who stakes a claim to the keep­sake puck — the griz­zled goal-scorer, now with 264 reg­u­lar-sea­son goals on his ca­reer re­sume, or the NHL new­bie?

Truth be told, the kid isn’t sure.

“I think (Neal) prob­a­bly has enough,” Dube quipped.

Neal net­ted his first of the sea­son in the early stages of Thurs­day’s 5-3 loss to the Blues in St. Louis, thanks in part to both Dube’s nifty back­hand pass along the boards and then Sam Ben­nett’s dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion as he darted to­ward the net.

The 20-year-old Dube will cer­tainly never for­get the de­tails of his first score­sheet men­tion in The Show, but he wasn’t ex­actly in the mood to cel­e­brate the spe­cial setup af­ter what was ar­guably the Flames’ worst per­for­mance of the sea­son so far.

They’ll be shoot­ing to bounce back in Satur­day’s road date with the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Cen­ter (8 p.m., CBC/Sport­snet

960 The Fan).

“It was cool. It was good to get on the score­sheet,” Dube al­lowed af­ter Fri­day’s prac­tice in the Mile High City. “But it doesn’t feel as good as the other games when we won. It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter be­cause it didn’t fac­tor into the game.

“You al­ways want to get that point where it con­trib­utes to win­ning, but you can’t com­plain when it hap­pens be­cause it’s nice to just get it out of the way and you can build off it.” ICE CHIPS

Flames G David Rit­tich will be be­tween the pipes Satur­day against the Avalanche.

A re­turn to Pepsi Cen­ter should bring back good mem­o­ries for the 26-yearold backup.

Rit­tich earned his first NHL win in this build­ing last Novem­ber.

“I want to do the same thing,” he said.



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