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Conroy's wacky own-goal replay of sorts

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Craig Conroy repeated history with that wacky own-goal in the final minute of the Flames' win over Toronto Tuesday night.

The tally that made it a 4-3 final -- he won the faceoff, drawing it with his backhand toward the net only to see it bounce off Dion Phaneuf's stick and past Miikka Kiprusoff -- wasn't the first time the Flames centre has endured such a traumatic experience, and the ribbing that comes with.

Conroy did something similar late in the 2000-01 season, his first with the Flames.

"I won that back clean, too. Top corner," he said. "I put it right over (Mike Vernon's) shoulder."

That night, Conroy's goal kicked off a 4-0 loss to the Predators, the second-to-last game in yet another dismal season.

Against the Leafs, it just made the score close. Fortunately for Conroy, he was able to laugh about it after.

"For 55 seconds, it wasn't very funny," he said.

"Mike (Keenan) came to me on the bench and said, 'Don't worry about it. You were out there to win the draw,' but I was worried about it for 55 seconds.

"We worked hard and everything was going our way. They got a good break. I wish I'd get one of those."

Toronto's Matt Stajan was credited with the goal, despite not even touching the puck as he lost the draw.

All Conroy did was his job.

"He won a faceoff, what else can you ask him to do," Kiprusoff said with a shrug. "I don't know, did he get a win for that?"

The answer is yes, although Conroy wouldn't have minded losing the faceoff if it didn't mean a Leafs goal.

"It's tough. You go out there thinking, 'I'm going to bear down on the draw, win the draw' and then you look back and it's bouncing and in the net," he said. "It was almost like slow motion. I could see (Phaneuf) try to get it and it bounced over him and then over Kipper. Then both are trying to grab it before it goes over the line.

"It felt like it took 20 seconds."

Keenan was able to take it in stride, too.

"The good news (was) we had that cushion," he said. "I'd never seen a goal like that, ever. You think you've seen it all, and you haven't."

Conroy has, and probably could find the footage to prove it. That is, if he wanted to see the horror movie again.


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