The goal is a perfect example of what Brent Sutter has been looking for from Rene Bourque.

In the second period of the Calgary Flames 7-6 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday, Bourque was active, supporting his defenceman in the Calgary zone, raced out to the blueline to poke away the puck from a Hurricanes defenceman, created a two-on-one rush and then buried a shot.

To Sutter, the beauty of Bourque's play went well beyond the tally, his third in four games.

"When I talk to him, it's not about scoring goals. Goals are a bonus," Sutter said.

"At the end of the night, I don't evaluate Rene Bourque on whether he's scored. I evaluate his whole game, five-on-five, killing penalties, in front of the net on the powerplay, defensively.

"He's scored the last few games because a lot of other areas of his game have been in place. That's the important thing."