Conroy tickled to be part of it all

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

As a frequent linemate of Jarome Iginla's over the years, it only seems fitting Craig Conroy scored the goal to put the Calgary Flames captain past Theo Fleury on the all-time points list.

But when Conroy's tip shot of a Dion Phaneuf point blast was announced, Iginla didn't get credit for the second assist.

He eventually did, but by that time, Iginla had assisted on Michael Cammalleri's powerplay goal and received the standing ovation from the fans during a 8-6 loss last night to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Still, the official one is Conroy's, which the centre is extremely excited about.

"I saw him throw it to the point," Conroy said. "What are the chances of me getting in on his record breaker? I haven't had a goal in 15 to 20 games or something (18, actually) -- it's been a long time -- so I was pretty happy.

"Dion told me to tip one of those. I was trying and it wasn't going in. When they didn't give it to him, we asked if they got control.

"I thought right away. Even the ref said, 'Jarome threw it back to the point, didn't he?' "

If that history wasn't enough, Conroy made a great pass to a wide-open Iginla in the slot for a one-timer just 14 seconds into the third period. That was Iginla's 400th goal of his career.

"When it's all said and done, they will show stuff about him and I'll be part of it. I'm happy for him because we're such good friends," said Conroy, who also assisted on Iginla's 50th the first time he reached that mark back in 2002.

"Maybe I'll still be around when he gets 500."

The only thing that spoiled it was the Lightning scored eight times to win what was a memorable night at the Saddledome.

"It would have been sweet to have the record and have won the game," Conroy said.

"That's pro sports. Now we have to regroup.

"We have to bear down and go into Ottawa (tomorrow) with more determination.

"Those records are good parts of it, but the rest of the game wasn't that good."


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