Conroy's got shooting as primary goal

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

With apologies to Robyn Regehr, Cory Sarich and Aaron Johnson, veteran pivot Craig Conroy is a member of an exclusive club he'd rather not be a part of.

They're the Calgary Flames' goal-scoring zeroes.

"Not to have a goal ... everyone else has a goal except a couple of defencemen," Conroy said. "That's not my favourite thing, but I'm streaky, you know? Hopefully, I get that first one and I get five in a row.

"I've gotta be more positive," Conroy continued. "I've gotta be happy. I've gotta be not thinking about it. And I have been, honestly.

"The last six or seven games, I've been like, 'C'mon, I want to score, I want to score.' And when you're thinking like that, it's not gonna happen."

It hasn't happened yet, anyway.

Through 15 outings, the 38-year-old centre has collected five assists and has been a reliable faceoff man, but he's the only Flames forward who has failed to score.

Brandon Prust has already tied his career-high with one marker. Fredrik Sjostrom has found the back of the net once, too. Even tough-guy Brian McGrattan has chipped in.

Conroy, though, is still shooting for his first of the season.

His last marker came April 11, during the 2008-09 regular-season finale against the Edmonton Oilers.

Conroy hit paydirt with a wrist-shot midway through the third period that night at the Saddledome, finishing with a dozen goals for the second consecutive campaign and boosting his career NHL total to 177.

Conroy's current scoring slump now spans almost seven months and 22 games.

And counting.

"It's frustrating. You just want to score and get on the sheet, too," said Conroy, who has switched to a stick with a bigger curve to help him lift the puck on close-in chances. "Not that I'm disappointed with my numbers, but I'm not overly happy not having a goal at this point.

"I'm gonna shoot. I'm gonna start shooting everything."


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