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Conroy scores twice against former team as Flames down Kings 4-1

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Calgary Flames Craig Conroy celebrates his second goal of the night with Alex Tanguay (centre). L.A. goalie Sean Burke is seen skating away. (CP PHOTO/Larry MacDougal) Author: The Hockey News

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Conroy scores twice against former team as Flames down Kings 4-1

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The Flames acquired Conroy from the Kings on Monday in a trade for Jamie Lundmark and two draft picks. A Pengrowth Saddledome sellout of 19,289 spectators didn't wait long to welcome Conroy back, applauding as he took to the ice for the pre-game warmups, then cheering loudly when Conroy was shown on the Jumbotron during the Canadian national anthem.

And Conroy brought the capacity gathering to its feet when he knocked a rebound past Kings goalie Sean Burke just 1:30 into the second period to open the scoring.

Conroy rounded out the scoring with his second goal of the night at 15:16 of the third and his eighth of the season, again to a wild ovation.

Stephane Yelle and David Moss had the other goals for Calgary (27-17-6), which began a four-game homestand with its sixth consecutive victory on home ice.

Mike Cammalleri scored his 20th of the season for Los Angeles (17-30-6), which has just one win in its last 10 games (1-8-1).

Moss put Calgary ahead 2-0 at 3:50 of the season, scoring his sixth goal in 18 games after deflecting Dion Phaneuf's wrist shot from the blue-line past Burke.

Cammalleri deflected Anze Kopitar's slapshot from the point on the power play to pull Los Angeles to within 2-1 just 1:35 into the third.

Los Angeles outshot the Flames 16-7 in the third but couldn't beat Kiprusoff, who made numerous great saves. Five of Kiprusoff's stops came during a 1:29 two-man advantage halfway through the period.

Then Calgary cemented the win with goals by Yelle at 14:04 and Conroy's second of the night at 15:16.

Conroy came into the contest having gone 12 games without a goal, a streak dating back to a Dec. 29 game against Calgary.

Notes: Conroy centred a line with wingers Tony Amonte and Alex Tanguay . . . If he stays healthy, Conroy could appear in 85 regular-season games, which would be the most in franchise history. Conroy already is one of only two Flames to have played in more than 82 games, appearing in 83 in 2000-'01, the season he was acquired from St. Louis. Marcus Nilson appeared in 83 games in 2003-'04 . . . Los Angeles outshot the Flames 36-33. Calgary has gone 15 games without outshooting the opposition . . . Calgary RW Jarome Iginla is aiming for Friday night for his return to the lineup. The Flames captain has missed 11 games with a sprained knee . . . W Chuck Kobasew will be sidelined four weeks with a broken elbow.

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Conroy scores twice against former team as Flames down Kings 4-1