Conroy regains groove

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

When Craig Conroy was reunited with the Calgary Flames and exploded for two goals in his debut at the Saddledome, all was right in his universe.

That game against the Los Angeles Kings, his former club, gave the 35-year-old new life and the fans -- who exploded right along with him as he led the Flames to a 4-1 win Jan. 30 -- were given a measuring stick by which to judge him in his second go-round with the Flames.

No one could maintain that scoring pace.

So far Conroy has suited up 16 times in his second stint with Calgary and has been held pointless in eight of those contests. On two occasions, he has gone three consecutive games without a point.

Then he'll break out in a big way, like he did Tuesday night in St. Louis where he had two goals and assisted on Wayne Primeau's short-handed winner in a 4-2 Flames win.

"It's been a bit of a roller-coaster," admits Conroy.

"Some nights you're getting points; some nights you're not.

"If the team wins, it's OK but you feel like when the team loses and you don't contribute -- especially being on that line with (Alex) Tanguay and Iggy (Jarome Iginla) -- you're expected to score."

Conroy's offensive output may be inconsistent but it's not dormant like it was in L.A.

He had just five goals and 16 points in 52 games with the Kings this season.

Since being reacquired by Calgary, Conroy has five goals and 14 points -- one more than fellow Flames centre Daymond Langkow during that same span.

A nagging elbow gash sustained in a Feb. 22 game in Colorado is probably the only negative experience Conroy has had since the trade.

"That's been tough on draws and battling ... I've had plenty of these before and they never hurt but I woke up that one morning and I couldn't move my arm," says Conroy, blood still seeping through the pad on his left arm.

"Even though it gets hit every game and it feels crappy at the end of the game, when I start the game, it feels pretty good."

Even the lowest point on his roller-coaster ride with the Flames is taller than the rare high points during his time in L.A. this year.

"That's the one nice thing about this team," says Conroy.

"I almost have as many points now as I did all year with L.A. I'm not that disappointed (with the scoreless gaps). I know what it's like to go through long stretches without points but not playing with two superstars.

"Hopefully the line can get on fire here down the stretch."

Iginla says his line is still working on its sixth-sense chemistry and is not yet at the point where each linemate intuitively knows where the others are on the ice.

Iginla doesn't think there's anything to worry about with Conroy's play since rejoining the Flames.

"There are a lot of positives. I think he's had a lot of really good games and big nights," said Iginla, who lists Conroy's special teams and defensive play as big pluses. "It's not all about numbers. It is those intangibles that are part of being a good two-way centre."

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CONROY VS. LANGKOW

IN THE 17 GAMES SINCE CONNIE CAME BACK

CONROY

G A Pts

Game 1 2 0 2

Game 2 0 1 1

Game 3 0 1 1

Game 4 0 0 0

Game 5 0 0 0

Game 6 0 0 0

Game 7 0 1 1

Game 8 0 2 2

Game 9 1 2 3

Game 10 0 0 0

Game 11 0 0 0

Game 12 Didn't play

Game 13 0 1 1

Game 14 0 0 0

Game 15 0 0 0

Game 16 0 0 0

Game 17 2 1 3

TOTALS 5 9 14

LANGKOW

G A Pts

Game 1 0 0 0

Game 2 1 0 1

Game 3 1 0 1

Game 4 0 1 1

Game 5 0 0 0

Game 6 0 0 0

Game 7 0 1 1

Game 8 2 0 2

Game 9 0 0 0

Game 10 0 2 2

Game 11 0 1 1

Game 12 0 0 0

Game 13 2 0 2

Game 14 0 1 1

Game 15 0 0 0

Game 16 1 0 1

Game 17 0 0 0

TOTALS 7 6 13


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