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Glencross finds 'A'-plus game

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Technically, Curtis Glencross didn't deserve an assist on Matthew Lombardi's tide-turning shorthanded goal the other night.

But the Calgary Flames should have received something.

When the Flames were down 2-1 midway through the game, Glencross forced Sergei Kostitsyn's turnover. Lombardi grabbed the loose puck, sped away and scored on the breakaway to spark the Flames to a 6-2 victory.

Yet, no official helper for Glencross.

"It's a plus. I'm happy being a plus player," Glencross said. "That's part of being a (penalty-kill) guy. It's tough when you don't get an assist for that, but I know I was doing my job out there."

Despite no goals and no assists -- he was a plus-1 -- Glencross arguably had his best game in a month.

The speedy winger came out like gangbusters after missing a half-dozen games due to a knee injury with three goals and an assist in the first five outings. He then struggled, still feeling the affects of his ailment.

Then came his performance Monday against the Montreal Canadiens. He made the play that led directly to Lombardi's goal, provided the kind of forechecking he displayed through the first few months and had four shots on goal.

"I felt more confident out there," Glencross said. "When the legs are with you, and you get out there and do something, it sticks with you the whole game."

He also provided a huge spark by thumping Francis Boullion in a third-period fight.

"We battled hard the whole shift and said 'good jobs' to each other after the fight," Glencross said. "It's part of the game."

The next step is to parlay his performance Monday night into more just like it. Glencross, an astute off-season signing, has gone a dozen games without a goal.

For now, he'll have to take solace in his team finding a better form heading into the club's road trip, three games in four nights.

"Had we lost again, it would have been five in a row," Glencross said. "We're a better hockey club than that. The coaching staff have been rough to deal with, especially with the GM breathing down their necks. We have a better attitude now and coming off a win is a boost for everyone.

"We need to work on our road play because that is what it comes down to in playoffs."


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