Losing out on point 'unacceptable' to Flames

Flames forwards Curtis Glencross (left), Jarome Iginla (centre) and Olli Jokinen join head coach...

Flames forwards Curtis Glencross (left), Jarome Iginla (centre) and Olli Jokinen join head coach Brent Sutter with long faces during a game against the Coyotes at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Feb. 23, 2012. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:14 AM ET

CALGARY - They came away with a point.

But it was the one they gave away that had the Calgary Flames in a surly mood after a 4-3 shootout loss Thursday to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Curtis Glencross, who saw 22:29 of icetime in his return from a knee injury, took no solace from earning the ‘loser point.’

“Sure, we battled back and got a point,” Glencross said of Olli Jokinen’s late goal that forced extra time.

“But, at the same time, you’re up 2-0 in your own barn after the first period. And all the goals we gave up were mistakes. We killed ourselves.

“We definitely can’t be satisfied with one point. It should have been a two-point game for us.

“With where we are in the standings right now, it’s unacceptable.”

Glencross showed good speed after missing 13 games with a knee injury and was used in every situation by head coach Brent Sutter.

“Until he got hurt, he was having a career year,” Sutter said. “But it’s the other things — speed, killing penalties, the powerplay — there are different variables to Glennie’s game that helps the team have success.

“He’s one of those guys who is a good all-around player.”

Winger Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist in the loss, but was upset after his squad tanked a 2-0 lead on home ice.

“We’re at the time of year where you can’t let that slip, especially against that team,” Tanguay said. “They did against L.A. last game when they came back from four down.

“We gave them a few opportunities. We put it on a silver plate for them.

“We were fortunate to get one point, but it certainly shouldn’t have come down to that.”

BACK IN THE GAME

Curtis Glencross passed the first test.

He tested his knee in a game situation for the first time in five weeks Thursday and said it responded well.

“It felt alright,” Glencross said. “It’s just a matter of getting the wind back.

“There were a few times when I was a little rusty with the puck.

“But the more I get out there, the better the timing will be.”

Glencross had 18 goals in 45 games prior to the injury.

He hit a goal post in the first period against the Coyotes, but said the points will come.

He’s just interested in getting back up to speed.

“For me, it’s just about keeping it simple and getting my feet back under me,” Glencross said.

“We want to get two or three lines going and spread out our top guys and get some more offence.

“Every game for us now is pretty much a playoff game. Most of them are four-point games.”

Glencross kept his cardio up by putting countless miles on the stationary bike.

But there’s nothing like being back on the ice.

“It doesn’t matter how much you ride the bike, it’s never the same as skating,” Glencross said.

“It’s been good to skate with the team the last four or five days.

OFF THE GLASS

Glencross wasn’t the only player to break out of sick bay Thursday.

Flames d-man Derek Smith returned after missing 22 games with a high-ankle sprain.

“I feel good,” Smith said after the morning skate.

“It’s been awhile. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to the last eight weeks.

“Hartsy’s been real good with me this week, giving me tips on things we’ve changed.

IN THE CORNERS

Antoine Vermette can’t find much to complain about these days.

Well, maybe one thing.

“My pants feel a little tight because they’re new,” he said with a laugh.

“I’m going to have to break them in.

The slick centre got a new lease on life Wednesday after he was dealt from the cellar-dwelling Columbus Blue Jackets to the Phoenix Coyotes.

“This is exciting for me,” Vermette said. “It’s fun to be a part of a team in this position.

“It’s always a big shock when something happens, even though you’ve heard all the rumours. There’s talk of Rick Nash being traded, so that says a lot about the direction of the team.

“But it’s a great situation. You want to be playing in important games and I have a chance to do it here.”

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