First period, he hammered a defenceman into the end boards.

Second period, he sizzled a slapper off the post.

Third period, he orchestrated the winning goal, then unassistedly bagged the insurance marker.

He also piled up three hits, three shots — and a plus-three rating — in the Calgary Flames’ 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in National Hockey League action Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Afterward, Curtis Glencross, speaking of his injured wrist, said, “obviously, it’s not all there.”

Obviously?

Not exactly.

Because, despite being a game-time decision, it turned into Glencross’s finest night of the winter. Crabby. Fiesty. Effective. Looking like his old surly self.
“Glennie was dominant,” said coach Bob Hartley. “He was shooting pucks, he was skating, he was hitting. I felt he gave us a complete game. He’s becoming more and more important in our team structure.

“Glennie was on a mission. He was instigating, he was creating, he was on the puck. He’s the kind of player who can’t be on his heels. When he’s on his toes, he brings a total new dimension to our hockey club. Plus, he keeps our opponents, especially their defencemen, because here’s a guy that can really cause some damage with bodychecks on the forecheck. And you saw that in the first period.”

In the morning — before the team was on the ice for its skate — Glencross had tested the wrist, rather briefly. But he already knew that he’d dress for the evening’s festivities.

“Just got to keep playing, work through it,” he said. “It’s going to be lingering.”