FGD: Conroypalooza

Pat Steinberg
October 28 2010 11:48AM

Calgary Flames Craig Conroy (L) celebrates his goal in front of Los Angeles Kings Davis Drewiske during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


He's Craig Conroy.  He's played in 497 career games with the Calgary Flames, and tonight he'll be honored for playing game number 1000 of his NHL career.  It's the overwhelming storyline heading into Calgary's tenth game of the season, a meeting with their Northwest Division rivals in the Colorado Avalanche (7:30 pm, TSN and The FAN 960).

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On Craig Conroy

Robert Cleave
October 28 2010 10:48AM


DALLAS - NOVEMBER 04:  Center Craig Conroy #24 of the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on November 4, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Last season, Kent presented his thoughts about the Flames' elder statesman. Today, as Connie prepares to play in his 1000th game, I wanted to offer a few words about Calgary's voluble vet.

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Gameday Preview: Colorado Avalanche

Kent Wilson
October 28 2010 09:46AM

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 16: Paul Stastny  of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the New York Islanders on October 16, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Avalanche 5-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


The Avs are a team I beat up on a lot last year. I took aim at them because their results weren't commensurate with their underlying numbers: it seemed no matter how often they were outshot or outchanced, they found some way to win. Add in the fact that their roster was not only cheap but young and you have the recipe for what should be a bottom-feeder club. And yet, they made the playoffs.

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October 27 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
October 27 2010 01:25PM


EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 7: Defenseman Theo Peckham  of the Edmonton Oilers collides with right wing Jarome Iginla  of the Calgary Flames in first-period action at Rexall Place October 7, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

The Flames have got the season mostly headed in the right direction at the moment, so it's as good a time as any for a review of matters in Calgary and elsewhere. In this edition of the round-up, the Battle of Alberta gets entirely too competitive last night, the Avalanche are waiting for news from the medical ward, and the Devils have problems beyond the Kovalchuk matter.

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Postgame: Whew

Pat Steinberg
October 26 2010 10:42PM

Calgary Flames' Brendan Morrison (R) celebrates his second goal of the night with teammate Curtis Glencross during the second period of their NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers in Calgary, Alberta, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

That was the total opposite of pretty, as the Calgary Flames were able to pull one of their behind and eventually skate to a 5-4 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Alex Tanguay scored the winner on a gorgeous roof shot to seal a game where Calgary held a three goal lead late in the second period.

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