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Of 'Cross he scores

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

The scoring spree, small as it is, can't go unnoticed.

Curtis Glencross has been on a relative tear. The third-line left winger has compiled eight points in six games with a pair of goals and six helpers, but he'd prefer to keep it quiet heading into the team's home-and-home series with the Vancouver Canucks.

"Don't start too much about it," Glencross said.

"We can't curse it."

When Flames GM Darryl Sutter inked the 25-year-old to a three-year, US$3.6-million free-agent pact, the hope was Glencross would provide the much-needed scoring depth.

He was coming off a solid season split between Columbus and Edmonton -- 15 goals and 10 assists in 62 games -- which the Flames hoped he could build upon. The early returns are just as advertised.

Glencross, coming off a career-best three-point game against the Los Angeles Kings with a goal and two assists, has four goals and nine assists and is feeling like he was during a strong late-season run with the Oilers last season.

"Yeah, feeling confident, and the puck's going in," he said. "I've been getting chances all year, and the puck's finally starting to come with me. It's nice to get that."

Probably the Flames' biggest improvement this season is in its depth. Players like Glencross, Rene Bourque, Dustin Boyd, David Moss and Craig Conroy are giving the team offensive production from its bottom two lines not seen in years.

"He's flying out there," said Conroy, who lined up with Glencross and Bourque last outing. "In Colorado, we had a lot of chances and didn't finish. Our line has been coming along, and he's quietly put together some huge games. I guess not too quietly, What's he have, five points in two games?

"It's been great. I liked him when he was in Columbus, and I liked him when he was in Edmonton last year, the Flame killer. He's proven Darryl right by getting him because he's been a big pick-up."

Especially with Bourque and Conroy against the Kings. In the club's 6-2 victory Tuesday, they combined for three goals and five assists.

"I think we have a lot of the same style as players," Glencross said. "We don't try to do anything fancy, keep it simple by getting the pucks in deep and pucks on net.


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