Conroy wants revenge

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET


 No doubt, the Calgary Flames are tickled pink about boasting a 2-1 lead in their series with the mighty Detroit Red Wings.

 But nobody is more tickled than Craig Conroy, a two-time loser to the Red Wings while playing in previous playoffs as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

 "Two series and two losses," said Conroy, shaking his head upon recollection of the 1997 and '98 post-seasons. "And they went on to win the Cup both times.

 "But that was a long, long time ago. That's the one thing I look at. They hadn't won Cups at the time and Hockeytown wanted them to do it. They were dangerous back then."

 They're still dangerous.

 Yet, unlike those past springs with the Blues, Conroy is on the right side of the series score after three games. Tuesday night's 3-2 triumph at the Saddledome changed the trend for the 10-year NHL veteran.

 "This is feeling good against a team that has knocked me out a few times," said Conroy, whose Blues fell to the Wings in six games both of those series. "And all those guys are still there.

 "But this series is a long way from over. In St. Louis, we gave them a little too much respect. And I don't think we have (in) this series."

 The Flames assistant captain believes it helps that, for the most part, his teammates have no playoff history against the likes of three-time Stanley Cup champions Kirk Maltby, Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, Darren McCarty and Brendan Shanahan.

 "It's just very disheartening when you sat back and you think the one team that knocked you out was them," Conroy said. "They had our number. We took a lot of penalties and we didn't play our game. They had some big goals at big times and we felt like we let it slip away.

 "These other young guys I'm playing with now, they don't know about that and that's good for us."

 What's great for Conroy is a chance to finally savour a lead three games into a series. It certainly boosts confidence, to get the better of the Red Wings after all these years.

 "This is as good as it gets for me," said the 32-year-old New York native. "As a team that you get to play and have a chance to beat, there's (no) better challenge than the Detroit Red Wings. And for me personally, this is one you'd love to put in the old bank. You can't put a price tag on it.

 "If there is one team out there that I'd love to shake hands with at the end of the series and be on the good part of it, it'd be this team.


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