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Black-and-blue Glencross nose culprit of 'cheap hit'

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:07 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Nobody's face says playoffs like Curtis Glencross' current mug.

Two blackened eyes bookend a bloodied and bandaged nose. They hide some hard feelings, too.

"It was kind of a cheap hit, but I know who it was and I got his number," Glencross said after yesterday's Flames morning skate.

"I'll be playing against him the next few games and I'll be looking for my revenge."

The number was seven. The name was Seabrook.

Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook has been a force in the corners in the series, and his hit across the numbers on Glencross' back in Game 4 left a lasting impression.

"It didn't feel pretty, that's for sure," Glencross said.

It doesn't look pretty, either, but he says it's not giving him too much trouble.

"Don't even know it's there," he said with a laugh.

It was hard to ignore when it first happened.

And after the game, the team doctor had to re-break his beak to set it right.

"They both weren't real pleasant," said Glencross.

"The initial hit, it happened so fast. When you're getting it re-broken after the game, you're waiting for it."

There are different approaches to that kind of expected pain.

There's the band-aid tactic, where you make the adjustment as quickly as possible.

Then there's the distraction technique Glencross experienced.

"Doc's just talking to me, had his fingers there, said, 'It feels alright.' Then ... pop."

Funny, but 'pop' is the best way to describe the way the plays the game.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder forechecks with authority and has cleared the way for stars like Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla when the team needed a spark on the top lines.

He'd yet to pop in a goal prior to last night's fifth game, but he has been a playmaker.

Feeling right at home in the roughest first-round series of the spring, the 26-year-old didn't even head to the bench after his nose was crushed against the dasher.

"I finished my shift," he said with a sense of pride.

Missing a couple afterward as they tried to stop the bleeding, Glencross had to breathe out of his mouth the rest of the way. Only now is the airway opening up.

"It was just plugged right up. You have to breathe through your mouth," he said. "It's starting to clear up. I can breathe out of it a little now."

But he won't breathe easy until he gets a little payback.

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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