Conroy scored twice against his former team in his first game with his new club, leading the Flames to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
The Flames acquired Conroy from the Kings on Monday in a trade for Jamie Lundmark and two draft picks. The sold-out crowd didn't wait long to welcome Conroy back to Calgary, applauding when he took the ice for pregame warmups and then cheering loudly when he was shown on the video board during the national anthem.
The forward then brought the fans to their feet when he knocked a rebound past goalie Sean Burke just 1:30 into the second period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
Conroy, who spent parts of four seasons in Calgary before signing with the Kings in 2004, rounded out the scoring at 15:16 of the third with his second goal of the night and eighth of the season.
"It surpassed all expectations," said Conroy, an instrumental part of Calgary's run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004. "It gave me goose bumps being out there on the ice.
"It was a lot of emotion for me."
Mike Cammalleri scored his 20th goal for Los Angeles, which has just one win in 10 games (1-8-1).
"Obviously, we didn't want that to happen," Cammalleri said of Conroy's night. "The guys that know him, and we have a pretty personal relationship with Connie, we'd be happy for him if he did it against somebody else, but we don't want him doing that against us."
"Just for my own confidence, I needed this," said Conroy, who entered the night with just six goals in 52 games after notching 22 last season.
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 tipped Anze Kopitar's slap shot from the point during a 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 Miikka Kiprusoff, who made numerous great saves. Five of Kiprusoff's stops came during a 1:29 two-man advantage halfway through the period.
"The one goal we scored was a screened shot, it's pretty tough to beat him otherwise," Cammalleri said. "To say he's good is an understatement, we all know that from watching him all year.
"He definitely did his job."
Calgary sealed the win with goals by Yelle at 14:04 and Conroy's second of the night. Conroy hadn't scored in 12 games, a streak dating to Dec. 29 against Calgary.
"Tonight was the most I've played in three months," said Conroy, who logged 19 minutes, 21 seconds of ice time - 11 seconds off his season high. "In L.A., I wasn't killing any penalties. I wasn't really on the power play."
He appeared in all situations Tuesday night, including playing over a minute of the Kings' two-man advantage.
"Confidence comes after hard work and for Connie, the change was refreshing for him and he was ready to work hard," Calgary coach Jim Playfair said. "Confidence is a funny thing, you can see it all over his face right now."
|Tony Amonte and Dion Phaneuf congratulate Craig Conroy (center) after scoring. (AP)|
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|01:30||Craig Conroy (6), Slap Shot - Assists: Alex Tanguay, Tony Amonte|
|03:50||David Moss (6), Slap Shot - Assists: Dion Phaneuf, Kristian Huselius|
|01:35||Power Play - Michael Cammalleri (20), Slap Shot - Assists: Anze Kopitar, Rob Blake|
|14:04||Stephane Yelle (3), Slap Shot - Assists: Marcus Nilson, Jeff Friesen|
|15:16||Craig Conroy (7), Slap Shot - Assists: Alex Tanguay, David Moss|
|08:29||Godard: Hooking - 2 min.|
|05:35||Ivanans: Tripping - 2 min.|
|08:41||Avery: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.|
|08:41||Warrener: Hooking - 2 min.|
|20:00||Hamrlik: Roughing - 2 min.|
|04:09||Willsie: Hooking - 2 min.|
|08:21||Kiprusoff: Slashing - 2 min.|
|08:52||Friesen: Hooking - 2 min.|
|16:44||O'Sullivan: Tripping - 2 min.|
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|Attendance - 19289|
|Referees - Gord Dwyer, Kerry Fraser|
|Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Darren Gibbs|