PHILADELPHIA — Curtis Glencross wanted to be part of history.
Word spread the night before the Flames were facing off against the Philadelphia Flyers that the next goal would be the 10,000th of all-time for the Calgary Flames.
Being the one to net it would be a nifty feather in the cap.
“We were talking about how it would be kinda neat to get the 10,000th goal,” Glencross recalled about the dinner conversation Thursday night.
“I told Iggy (Jarome Iginla), ‘I might just get it.’
“He went up to me after the game and said, ‘You’re calling your shots now, eh Glennie?’ It’s kinda neat.”
Glencross did a bit of a Babe Ruth there, and the Flames were more than happy he came through.
Not only was his first-period tally that milestone marker — which counts the years in Atlanta but no shootout winners — and erased the first of two deficits the Flames climbed back from, but it also put an emphatic stamp on the job done by the Calgary penalty killers.
Calgary didn’t just snuff all six Flyers powerplays in the 3-2 shootout victory, but Glencross’s tally came while shorthanded.
Lost in the chaos of Chris Pronger acting like Sean Avery — which led to a disallowed goal, a shootout and even the fact the Flames won for just the third time in their last
13 games — was the job the penalty killers did.
In the second period, they held the fort despite a stream of infractions which even gave the hosts a 28-second five-on-three advantage.
“It’s especially tougher when you take a couple in a row, the guys on the defence get more tired and the goalie gets more tired,” said left winger Alex Tanguay. “Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) played well, the defence played well and the rest of the killers did a good job.”