Conroy revels in quest for Cup

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:13 PM ET


 Craig Conroy isn't waiting until after the final game.

 He's enjoying this run now. And who can blame him?

 The 32-year-old forward has never been this deep in the playoffs. And after a trying regular season in which the veteran scored just eight goals, he has good reason to be in high spirits these days.

 "When I wasn't scoring goals, I was overpassing," Conroy said of his regular-season scoring drought. "The first couple months were tough. The second half was fine but not as many goals as I would have liked.

 "Down the stretch, Iggy's trying to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, so then you're really over-passing. That last game in Anaheim, I had a little breakaway and I stopped and waited for him. I think I've learned my lesson. You've gotta go in there and shoot."

 He's been pulling the trigger in the playoffs and his sights are back in line.

 Conroy heads into the Stanley Cup final with five goals and 15 points in

 19 games. Prior to this run, the American had tallied just three times and accumulated eight points in 36 career playoff games.

 "Since the playoffs, it's been great," he said with a broad smile. "You feel like you're going to contribute every night.

 "It's been one of those years. It's like my career, it's been up and down. It's always a yo-yo. You want to keep it at the ups a lot longer than the low points."

 The likable Conroy goes out of his way to spend time with media and fans alike.

 In fact, if there's no interview to be given, he'll create one himself. Returning to Calgary in the wee hours of the morning after eliminating the Vancouver Canucks, Conroy was in no mood to sleep. When he heard Fan 960 talk-show host Rob Kerr was still on the air, he decided he had to call in.

 Apparently, he enjoyed his time on the air. He's been calling ever since.

 "The first time, I was just so excited that we beat Vancouver. I got home and Rob was still on the radio. The next time, I was driving along and I heard a caller say 'I think Craig Conroy should call back in.' I said, 'If they want me to, I will.'

 "After the last series, I called back in again. It's just something fun."

 There's no denying he's having a good time sharing his opinions.

 "It's unbelievable how much attention you get," Conroy said.


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