CALGARY, AB -- Curtis Glencross seemed lighter at practice on Sunday.
After all, he wasn’t hauling around that monkey on his back anymore.
Glencross seemed to have some extra jump in his step, bulging the twine behind Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth on Saturday to snap a six-game scoreless drought.
“Hopefully,” started Glencross, “now I’ll get back rolling. That one felt like the first one of the season again, the first one of your career. Things weren’t quite going for me.
“It’s huge. Obviously I’ve had chances the last few games and it hasn’t gone in. Then you start double-thinking things and all that kind of stuff.”
There was significant meaning in his goal at 14:58 of the third period, one that goes beyond tacking on another marker in the eventual 5-2 win against Washington.
Glencross' look said as much.
“For Curtis to score that goal, just the way that he celebrated, that was a big goal for him,” coach Bob Hartley said. “We need him. He’s a big part of our team. I talked to Curtis numerous times. Just keep going and good things will happen and last night, the timing couldn’t be better.”
All it took for Glencross to snap home his first since October 9th versus the Montreal Canadiens -- outside of Matt Stajan’s centering feed -- was a return to the familiar.
Coming off a five-game road trip that yielded nothing at all in the way of productivity for the 30-year-old, Glencross tossed aside his twig and dusted off his trusty Easton.
“I just came off the road trip, grabbed my old sticks out, grabbed two new pairs of hockey gloves out and threw the other ones in the garbage and tried something new,” said Glencross, who now has three goals and five points in 11 games this season.
“I went back to my Easton’s that I used the last six or seven years.
“I went and switched back to my old faithful sticks last night and tried something different and it worked.”
Just like that, he found the back of the net.
But the goal goes deeper than switching out a stick.
Frustrated with his contributions on the score sheet, Glencross put in some extra work when times got tough.
“I’ve been doing a little extra in practice, working hard and shooting pucks at the net, that kind of stuff, because things weren’t quite going for me,” he said.
His coach noticed that too.
“Obviously the production always brings questions and that’s where the stick is squeezed a little tighter and suddenly the holes that you were seeing on the goalies aren’t there anymore, they just disappeared,” Hartley said. “I know that he felt real good about this.
“Hopefully it’s the start of a good streak.”
It should be, said Glencross.
“(It's) a monkey off my back, for sure.”
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