Seeing red over costly cut

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 4:15 AM ET

DENVER -- Curtis Glencross could accept a trip to the sin bin in the first period for high stick on Matt Duchene.

But the Calgary Flames left-winger was still burning after the game over the fact it was ruled a four-minute infraction.

And a costly one at that.

"The guy was cut early in the game and it was a one-handed little poke," Glencross said. "I just hit his stick with one hand and it went up and supposedly hit him. The guy was bleeding before. He was bleeding in the first couple of shifts, bleeding from his mouth, and he was whining.

"It's too bad (they) can't be a little more honest players, diving all over the place. It's embarrassing."

Making that infraction even harder to take for Glencross was the fact Colorado opened the scoring while he was banished. He was in the box with defenceman Aaron Johnson when Wojtek Wolski scored on the five-on-three advantage.

"Sure, it might have been a two-minute penalty, but it sure isn't a four-minute penalty," Glencross said.

Glencross may be able to plead his case, but the Flames can't argue the impact of their very undisciplined opening period.

Colorado fired 14 of its 20 shots on goal before the first intermission on the powerplay, but head coach Brent Sutter wasn't willing to let the one-sided period be blamed solely on the man-advantage.

"Penalties were a reflection of how we were playing," Sutter said.

"There were a lot of weak players here."


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