Glencross playing with goal in mind

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

Curtis Glencross isn’t making any bones about it.

He’s had the target of 20 goals in mind since the start of this season.

Before last season, too.

And the year before that.

Ever since the Calgary Flames signed him as a free-agent, following a 15-goal campaign split between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Edmonton Oilers, it’s been his … um … goal.

“I’ve said the last three years, my goal was 20 goals,” Glencross admitted following his two-goal outing in the Flames’ 9-1 victory of the Colorado Avalanche. 

“It’s my goal. There’s a few games left, and I’ll try to get more than that.”

Thanks to a red-hot streak, it’s seems a certainty for Glencross, whose team is back in action Wednesday night against the Dallas Stars.

In fact, you can’t help but wonder whether 30 is within reach with the way things have gone lately.

His two goals against the Avs have Glencross riding a five-game goal-scoring spree, in which he’s scored six times.

He’s tallied seven times in seven outings and has nine goals in the last 11 games to give him 19 on the season.

Glencross scored 15 goals in two of the last three seasons despite missing 15 games last season and 20 in the 2007-08 NHL campaign.

Curiously, a big turning point was being put on a line with Olli Jokinen — an interesting twist of fate since Jokinen was supposed to be the centre who finally gave Jarome Iginla a star to skate alongside.

Turns out, Jokinen and Glencross — who combined with David Moss to compile four goals and 11 points against the Avalanche — have become the much-needed second-line dynamic duo.

“We’re just clicking. It’s how it is sometimes. You just click with a guy, and you’ll go on a streak,” Glencross said. “Olli’s a good player. When he’s skating up the ice and can dish the puck the way he does and has a shot, it’s nice.

“We’re rolling right now and having fun.”

Unfortunately, the possibility of things being derailed is very real. Jokinen left the Avalanche game early, the victim of a knee-on-knee hit late in the first period. He tried to play through the injury but was shut down when the second period was in the books.

“He’ll be fine,” Glencross said. “He’s a warrior. He’ll be back out next game for us.”

It’s not just Jokinen and Glencross who have been strong offensively of late.

Granted, it was a one-sided victory was over a Denver team that looked more like the Don Cherry-coached Rockies from the 1970s than the Avalanche team we’re used to seeing. Still, a total of

14 Flames recorded a point, and several are on streaks.

Iginla’s latest spree has him at nine goals and 21 points in 18 games. Brendan Morrison has 15 points in the last dozen outings. And Alex Tanguay has 11 points in as many games — a stretch broken up by a three-game hiatus due to a neck injury.

The defence is also chipping in. Robyn Regehr has nine points in seven games, while Anton Babchuk has five points in four games.

“It’s a group that believes,” said head coach Brent Sutter.

Now, it’s a group which must make hay during a two-week homestand. The Flames’ next five games are at home, where they’ve turned their fortunes since early December, riding a 10-3-3 wave.

“Two weeks here at home, and we want to keep up the good work,” added Flames defenceman Cory Sarich. “We’ve been playing well and got to keep getting points.That’s a big thing right now.”

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