Conroy clutch

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:49 PM ET


 When Craig Conroy saw the faceoff alignment, his eyes lit up.

 But it was the eye of linemate Martin Gelinas that he needed to catch.

 Seeing the Sharks line up wide for a neutral-zone faceoff, Conroy wanted to go forward off the draw and he wasn't sure Gelinas was on the same page.

 After all, he's tried it before.

 "But it's the first time he's listened to me," Conroy said. "I've went forward with it (in the past) but he's just stood there.

 "I asked him 'What's going on here?' He said he didn't hear me. So this time, I pointed, looked, pointed and he gave me a little nod.

 "I've done it at other places but this is the first time it worked and it there couldn't be a better time for it to work."

 As it turned out, Conroy didn't need a laser pointer or a megaphone to get Gelinas' attention. The plan worked to perfection as he poked the puck forward, drew a checker towards him and then sent Gelinas in for the game-winning goal.

 It was just one of a few things that went right for Conroy, arguably the best player on the ice. He also set up Jarome Iginla's first-period goal and was the club's top centre, winning 65% of his draws.

 Conroy couldn't wipe the smile off his face after the game as he savoured his first trip to the Stanley Cup final.

 It's a trip made that much sweeter knowing it was his line that came through in the crunch.

 "It's expected of us. We came in tonight and said we were going to be the difference.

 "We weren't going to rely on anybody else."


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