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|CGY||0||2||2||(0 - 0)||4|
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Craig Conroy impressed even himself during his return to the Calgary Flames.
Conroy scored twice against his former team in his first game with his new club, leading the Flames to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
The Flames acquired Conroy from the Kings on Monday in a trade for Jamie Lundmark and two draft picks. The sold-out crowd didn't wait long to welcome Conroy back to Calgary, applauding when he took the ice for pregame warmups and then cheering loudly when he was shown on the video board during the national anthem.
The forward then brought the fans to their feet when he knocked a rebound past goalie Sean Burke just 1:30 into the second period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
Conroy, who spent parts of four seasons in Calgary before signing with the Kings in 2004, rounded out the scoring at 15:16 of the third with his second goal of the night and eighth of the season.
"It surpassed all expectations," said Conroy, an instrumental part of Calgary's run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004. "It gave me goose bumps being out there on the ice.
"It was a lot of emotion for me."
Stephane Yelle and David Moss had the other goals for Calgary, which began a four-game homestand with its sixth consecutive victory on home ice.
Mike Cammalleri scored his 20th goal for Los Angeles, which has just one win in 10 games (1-8-1).
"Obviously, we didn't want that to happen," Cammalleri said of Conroy's night. "The guys that know him, and we have a pretty personal relationship with Connie, we'd be happy for him if he did it against somebody else, but we don't want him doing that against us."
Centering Calgary's second line with veteran wingers Alex Tanguay and Tony Amonte, Conroy showed immediate chemistry with Tanguay, who set up both of Conroy's goals.
"Just for my own confidence, I needed this," said Conroy, who entered the night with just six goals in 52 games after notching 22 last season.
Moss put Calgary ahead 2-0 at 3:50 of the season, scoring his sixth goal in 18 games after deflecting Dion Phaneuf's wrist shot from the blue line past Burke.
Cammalleri tipped Anze Kopitar's slap shot from the point during a power play to pull Los Angeles to within 2-1 just 1:35 into the third.
Los Angeles outshot the Flames 16-7 in the third but couldn't beat Miikka Kiprusoff, who made numerous great saves. Five of Kiprusoff's stops came during a 1:29 two-man advantage halfway through the period.
"The one goal we scored was a screened shot, it's pretty tough to beat him otherwise," Cammalleri said. "To say he's good is an understatement, we all know that from watching him all year.
"He definitely did his job."
Calgary sealed the win with goals by Yelle at 14:04 and Conroy's second of the night. Conroy hadn't scored in 12 games, a streak dating to Dec. 29 against Calgary.
"Tonight was the most I've played in three months," said Conroy, who logged 19 minutes, 21 seconds of ice time - 11 seconds off his season high. "In L.A., I wasn't killing any penalties. I wasn't really on the power play."
He appeared in all situations Tuesday night, including playing over a minute of the Kings' two-man advantage.
"Confidence comes after hard work and for Connie, the change was refreshing for him and he was ready to work hard," Calgary coach Jim Playfair said. "Confidence is a funny thing, you can see it all over his face right now."
Notes: Conroy could appear in 85 regular-season games, which would be the most in franchise history. He is one of only two Flames to have played in more than 82 games, appearing in 83 in the 2000-01 campaign, the season he was acquired from St. Louis. Marcus Nilson played in 83 games in the 2003-04 season. ... Los Angeles outshot the Flames 36-33. ... Calgary has gone 15 games without outshooting the opposition. ... Calgary captain Jarome Iginla hopes to return to the lineup on Friday. He has missed 11 games with a sprained knee. ... Flames RW Chuck Kobasew will be sidelined four weeks with a broken elbow.
|Craig Conroy (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (32), Tony Amonte (15)|
1 - 0 CGY
|Dion Phaneuf (13) Tip-in - ASST: Kristian Huselius (23), David Moss (3)|
2 - 0 CGY
|PPG - Mike Cammalleri (20) Tip-in - ASST: Anze Kopitar (32), Rob Blake (12)|
2 - 1 CGY
|Stephane Yelle (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Marcus Nilson (6), Jeff Friesen (4)|
3 - 1 CGY
|Craig Conroy (7) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (33), David Moss (4)|
4 - 1 CGY
|Eric Godard Hooking against Patrick O'Sullivan|
|Raitis Ivanans Tripping against Matthew Lombardi|
|Rhett Warrener Hooking against Sean Avery|
|Sean Avery Unsportsmanlike conduct against Rhett Warrener|
|Roman Hamrlik Roughing against Dustin Brown|
|Brian Willsie Hooking against Andrew Ference|
|Miikka Kiprusoff Slashing against Mattias Norstrom|
|Jeff Friesen Hooking against Mike Cammalleri|
|Patrick O'Sullivan Tripping against Matthew Lombardi|
|SA: 33||TOI: 59:44|
|Saves: 29||EV: 24 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .879||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 36||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 35||EV: 27 - 27|
|PIM: 2||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .972||SH: 1 - 1|