Glencross gets assist in nabbing milestone puck
Flames winger says good things come from staying involved
Having recently made a public plea for the return of one of his own, Michael Cammalleri saved Curtis Glencross the trouble on Sunday evening.
After Glencross had netted his 200th National Hockey League point — setting up Cammalleri from the corner late in the second period which put the Flames up 3-2 on the Phoenix Coyotes — Cammalleri called over the referee to snag the puck before they teams retired into the dressing rooms.
Later, of course, Glencross would go on to net point No. 201 which turned out to be the game-winner with a minute remaining in a thrilling 5-4 victory. Who knows where that puck is — but, luckily, he found the one that mattered.
“I don’t know where I’m going to put it,” said the Calgary Flames winger who now has 101 goals and 100 assists in 375 appearances in the NHL. “I’ve got lots of stuff at my house now. I’m running out of wall-space.
“Obviously, it’s a milestone. But there will be many more milestones to come.”
Modesty aside, those kind of numbers are important to hockey players. Against Dallas on Feb. 13, Cammalleri had netted his 200th career goal, but the puck had got stuck in the mesh netting above the net and no one bothered to claim it. Thankfully, a pair of fans collected it and had heard word Cammalleri was looking for it, so — being knowledgeable and honest — they contacted the Flames and returned it to him a few days ago.
So, Cammalleri knew how much it would mean to his teammate.
“It’s always nice to get a milestone point,” he said. “He played really well, he did a lot of good things.”
“He brings a lot. He brings physicality, he brings offensive skills, a good shot, he’s a good skater. When Curtis is going, he brings a lot of aspects.”
This season, his fifth with the Calgary Flames and seventh in the NHL, he’s been a key contributor with five goals and seven assists in 17 games.
Aside from also scoring Sunday’s game winner — a perfectly timed slapshot — and netting his 200th career point, Glencross added four hits.
One in particular thrilled the home crowd, a bone cruncher on defenceman Chris Summers while the Flames were down 4-3 with five minutes to go and pressing.
Immediately after T.J. Brodie had contained the play, Glencross drove to the net and had nice chance on Phoenix netminder Mike Smith.
“The last little while, we’ve kind of been getting away from finishing our checks,” Glencross said. “It’s one of those things that if you hit a few guys during the game, they remember next time you’re coming on them. They’re gripping their sticks a little tighter.
“It’s one of them things where we have to still get our licks on in. There’s a lot of skilled defencemen out there and if you let them have an easy game, they’re going to take advantage of you. We have to keep banging and crashing.”
So, the lesson here kids: keep involved however you can and good things will happen.
Even when there’s only 60 seconds remaining and you’re down by a goal.
“A minute left in the hockey game is a lot of time in the hockey game,” Glencross said. “So, it’s something where you just have to prove it. Never be satisfied with that, getting one point kind-of-thing.
“If you sit back, sometimes they come back at you and it’s in your net.”
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