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Con-voluted line mixing pays off

STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

After a disastrous first period, Calgary Flames head coach Mike Keenan started mixing up his forwards like he was working to solve a Rubik's Cube.

The line combinations were many.

Looking for chemistry that could spark a comeback against the Anaheim Ducks -- who dominated the home side and took a 3-1 lead a little more than a minute into the second period -- Keenan shuffled, twisted and spun his players in search of a matching side.

Eventually, he reunited Craig Conroy and Jarome Iginla, then rounded out the trio with Kristian Huselius.

The result was Conroy's first three-assist night since October of 2005-06.

"That was a long time ago. Two years it's been," said Conroy, who played with Iginla and Alex Tanguay for much of the season until the trio was split up before the long pre-Christmas road trip.

Results were mixed during his tenure with Iginla the first time around. Points were hard for Conroy to come by even when the team was winning.

"For so long it wasn't there. Jarome was scoring everything," said Conroy.

"Playing with Tangs and Jarome, they were getting lots of points but I wasn't really getting any."

An optional skate yesterday left everyone guessing what the lines will be tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, but Conroy said it doesn't matter.

"That's one thing about this team though, there's so many good guys to play with that no matter where you are, you never see guys (complain)," he said.

McCARTY COMEBACK

Former Flame Darren McCarty is giving hockey another go in Michigan.

The 35-year-old who won three Stanley Cups in Detroit is expected to join the International Hockey League's Flint Generals today.

The grinder spent much of last season recovering from hernia surgery.


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