TAMPA -- Stunned disbelief and disappointment were written on Craig Conroy's face the moment Marty St. Louis delivered the overtime punch to the stomach of the Flames.
"Oh yeah, we looked like we were in pretty good control but the shock of it all -- I'm like 'What just happened here?' " Conroy said, recalling the newspaper photos capturing the moment Saturday night Flames fans can't forget.
"I think if you sit up until five in the morning thinking about it ... it was a tough way to lose it.
"The city was ready to explode and they felt it and we felt it but it just didn't happen.
"Now we've got to dig down and do it one more time."
St. Louis' double-overtime marker beating Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and sending the Stanley Cup final to a seventh game tonight in Tampa isn't a death blow, Conroy insists.
Instead, the Flames centre yesterday was looking for ways to beat Bolts goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
Despite collecting five goals and 11 assists during the playoffs, the Flames centre has been unable to beat the Lightning goalie through six contests while he's recorded just one helper.
"We need to just throw it at the net more," suggests Conroy, without a Cup ring through 10 NHL seasons.
"They got a break on their first goal (in Game 6) when it hit off Kipper's stick.
"We've just got to get everything we can at the net and drive the net.
"I mean, I think that's the way goals have been going in lately, so that's it.
"I think the other thing is to stay under control and play with a set purpose, not getting too excited.
"We were a little excited (in Game 6), I know I was. It was tough to nap and tough to ... you know but (Saturday) night I slept no problems, so let's regroup and let's go.
"We can always bring it back. We're in this thing to win, and so are they, so now it comes down to who's going to get more breaks and who's the more disciplined team because the powerplay is definitely going for them right now."
'Bulin beatable by going to net
DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun
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