March 8, 2012
Glencross delivers for Flames
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - When you are hot, the puck tends to find your stick and nets seem wide open.
So it should be no surprise Curtis Glencross converted a perfect feed from behind the Montreal Canadiens net Tuesday night.
This time, it wasn't even a teammate who set up the play.
Habs goalie Carey Price was supposedly clearing the puck out of his zone when he hit Glencross' tape.
Bang-bang. Goal streak continues.
"He made a nice pass," Glencross said. "It's one of those ones where you get a gift. I haven't had too many of those this year.
"I don't have an empty net goal, so it's nice to get a gift. It was right on my tape, and I got good wood on it."
Glencross now has goals in five straight games, and teammates might have to move away from him in the locker-room because he's scorching hot.
This one goes down as a game-winner, and he probably hasn't scored an easier one in the NHL.
Maybe those ones where you get the puck with a yawning cage available are tougher than they look? Glencross was right on the money, though, just as he's been for more than a week.
"He's hotter than a pistol right now," linemate David Moss said. "When you are feeling good and confident, it's a good time to play with him."
This isn't the first time this season Glencross has heated up. He had six points in two games Jan. 7-10, and five goals over four outings Dec. 18-23.
Those came when he was riding high and completely healthy.
This run is right after he missed five weeks with a knee injury, and Glencross admits he probably came back before he was completely ready.
"The first two games, I didn't feel (good)," Glencross said about two scoreless outings in which he was minus-1.
"It takes a while to get the timing back. I was just bag skating with a couple of guys. We were just doing laps. It wasn't like a game where you are in a puck battle or have to back check.
"It just comes with playing games. When they asked me to come back, instead of skating a few more days, Brent (Sutter) said they need me and (blueliner Derek Smith) in the lineup. We are short guys.
"The best way to get back in game shape is playing."
With the list of injured forwards now up to seven, the Flames are counting on their top two trios to carry the load.
That's what makes Glencross and the production his line -- which includes Moss and centre Olli Jokinen -- provides that much more important.
Moss got his first goal since coming back from 47 games out with a broken foot by tipping one home against the Canadiens in the 5-4 victory.
This is the team's top line right now, and Glencross hopes to keep it going.
"We had so much chemistry last year, so it's great to be back together," Glencross said. "We just haven't been healthy.
"If Moss didn't have that bad break, we would have been together all year this year. When you have that chemistry, and you have the same mindset, it makes it a lot easier to play with them."
Even with missing more a month, Glencross' next goal will equal his career high of 24 for a single season, set last year. He's certainly lived up to the contract extension he got after that breakout campaign, but the numbers won't mean much to him if he there aren't games to play in late April.
"I'm not really worried about my personal points," Glencross said. "I just want to be playing hockey in May or June, so we just need to get the two points every night."