Glencross snaps drought while Flames stay red-hot going into three-game road trip

 

 
 
 
 
Calgary Flames players mob Curtis Glencross after he scored the tying goal with five seconds left on Saturday vs. New Jersey. The Flames won 5-4 in a shootout after trailing 4-2 at one point.
 

Calgary Flames players mob Curtis Glencross after he scored the tying goal with five seconds left on Saturday vs. New Jersey. The Flames won 5-4 in a shootout after trailing 4-2 at one point.

Photograph by: Crystal Schick, Calgary Herald

The first goal, well, the celebration said it all for Curtis Glencross, who snapped an eight game drought.

His second one of Saturday night’s 5-4 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils was very much the same — only the timing of that one was a little more exciting for everyone.

With exactly five seconds remaining in the third period and the Calgary Flames behind 4-3, the veteran winger was in his usual spot in the blue paint and dug in the game-tying tally.

“We stuck with it,” said Glencross following the thrilling finale at the Scotiabank Saddledome. “We were talking on the bench and just said, ‘Come on, we’re two shots away. Let’s keep going. We played a good first half of the third period and knew we had some confidence and were buzzing.

“We wanted to finish this home stand on a positive and get a win here before we go on the road. It’s going to be a good test going to San Jose, Anaheim, and Phoenix.”

The Flames, taking a very much deserved Sunday off after gutting out another come-from-behind victory, are off on a three-game road trip.

So, you couldn’t have scripted Saturday’s win any better — and it was a positive way to wrap up a five-game home stand during which the Flames finished 4-1.

For Glencross, though, the joy of finally connecting after too many missed opportunities this season (he only had two goals in 21 games prior to Saturday) was visible.

“Probably everyone could have seen it, there was a little relief there,” he said. “I think even more relief after the second one. It’s been a rough go. Usually, it’s the opposite — I have more goals than assists and it’s the complete opposite this year. But it doesn’t really matter.

“We’re putting two points up and look at us in the standings. We’re going to keep trying and climbing. We’re in a good spot so we’re going to keep moving forward.”

Heading into Sunday’s NHL action, the lovable come back kids were sitting second in the Pacific Division with 28 points, one point behind the Anaheim Ducks (12-4-5) and seventh in the league (the New York Islanders also had 28 points with a 14-6-0 record).

But what’s really remarkable was their resilience on Saturday.

Down 4-2 in the third and making the call to pull Karri Ramo with less than four minutes left in the third period, Jiri Hudler made the impossible possible when he tucked in a rebound (thanks to Lance Bouma and Michael Ferland distracting in front) to pull the Flames within one.

Then, on another six-on-five and figuring the game was over, Glencross came to the rescue.

“Look at his first goal,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “Great forecheck, kept his stick on the ice, broke up the pass, and a great wrist shot as well.

“I feel that was Curtis’s best game of the season.”

As for the rest of the club, it should be mentioned they were also down 2-0 and 3-1 at the end of the first and second periods.

In other words, it was definitely a game worth the admission price.

“I think so, yeah,” Ramo said, grinning. “Saturday was one of those games that fans can go home happy. There was a lot of emotion, a lot of drama in the game. The main thing is we took the two points.”

The Flames now lead the league with 30 (!) third period goals, are 8-0-1 following any loss this season, and finish off a five-game homestand improving their record at the Scotiabank Saddledome to 6-3-2.

Calgary now has a 13-7-2 record overall.

“As soon as we won, you look at the number of fans that were still in the building,” Hartley said. “At 4-2, it would have been easy for them to say, ‘The game is done,’ and they’d be in the parking lot. But they stayed with us.

“That’s the kind of relationship we have with our fans and our players pulled it out again.”

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Calgary Flames players mob Curtis Glencross after he scored the tying goal with five seconds left on Saturday vs. New Jersey. The Flames won 5-4 in a shootout after trailing 4-2 at one point.
 

Calgary Flames players mob Curtis Glencross after he scored the tying goal with five seconds left on Saturday vs. New Jersey. The Flames won 5-4 in a shootout after trailing 4-2 at one point.

Photograph by: Crystal Schick, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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