March 14, 2012
Glencross avoids NHL ban
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
CALGARY - The way Curtis Glencross sees it, the premier screening of an Academy Award-worthy performance was shown Tuesday night on the Jumbotron at the Saddledome.
And the Oscar goes to (insert drumroll here) San Jose Sharks defenceman Jason Demers.
Glencross was whistled for a five-minute boarding major and banished for the remainder of the NHL game after shoving Demers from behind into the glass just before the first intermission of Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Sharks.
Demers was left with a bloody beak. Glencross, meanwhile, was left convinced the third-year rearguard was guilty of embellishment.
"I think if he wouldn't have flopped into the boards, it probably wouldn't have even been a penalty," Glencross said. "I didn't really push him hard into the boards. I pushed him harder after he fell off of the boards, and I pushed him to the ground because I was more pissed off that he kind of made a dive like that."
On Wednesday morning, the league informed the Flames there would no supplemental discipline for the hit, meaning Glencross is good to go for Thursday's crucial -- we've been writing that a lot lately, haven't we? -- contest against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Saddledome (7 p.m., Sportsnet West/Sportsnet 960).
In fact, the organization was told it probably should've been a minor penalty, something Flames head coach Brent Sutter said after Tuesday's game and stuck to the following day.
"I'll be the first to admit if I felt it was something that warranted a major, but that, to me, is a minor penalty at best," Sutter reiterated. "In a game of that magnitude, you put a team down five minutes like that, you better be sure you're making the right call. That's why I was upset about it.
"It didn't happen, but what happens if they would have scored three goals because they can get as many goals as they want on a five-minute major? What happens if that would've put us really behind the eight-ball?
"I know it's tough. Refs -- it's a tough gig. They have a tough job, and I have a lot of respect for the job they do -- and I always have had -- but in these games right now, when you're putting a team down five minutes like that, you better make 100% sure it's the right call."
While the boarding major didn't cost the Flames any points in the standings, it might've robbed Glencross of some ink in the team history books.
Heading into Tuesday's tilt, the speedy left-winger had tallied in seven consecutive contests, the longest scoring spree in the NHL this season. If he scored against the Sharks, he would've equalled the franchise record shared by Kent Nilsson (1983) and Gary Roberts ('93).
Instead, he logged only 6:58 of icetime in the first frame before watching the final two periods -- and Matt Stajan's overtime winner -- from the video room.
"I was obviously disappointed about that, just the way you had to go out," Glencross said. "You had two more periods to try to get one more, but at the end of the night, we still our two points -- and we'll move on to the next game.
"It's time to maybe get another streak going."
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