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GAME: Calgary Flames (3-5-1) at Los Angeles Kings (6-2-0).

TIME: Sunday, 10:30 p.m. EDT.

Craig Conroy got off to a slow start in Los Angeles, but has been making up for it lately.

Conroy will look to build on two strong offensive performances when the Kings host his former team, the Calgary Flames.

Conroy had a goal and two assists in the Kings' 7-2 win over Dallas on Thursday. The 34-year-old center was coming off a big game the day before, a 5-4 victory over Colorado in which he scored the winning goal and added three assists.

Conroy, who signed with the Kings in July 2004 after helping the Flames to the Stanley Cup finals, had no goals and one assist in the first six games this season.

"Early in the season we had a lot of great chances and would get nothing," Conroy said. "We started getting some breaks and I hope it continues for us and for me."

Conroy spent part of 1999-2000 with the Flames and played in Calgary the next three seasons. He had eight goals and 39 assists for the Flames in 63 games in 2003-04 after combining for 49 goals and 85 assists in his previous two seasons.

Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and two assists on Thursday, and George Parros added his first NHL goal for Los Angeles. Pavol Demitra, Alexander Frolov, Dustin Brown and Luc Robitaille also scored for the Kings.

"It was nice to get rewarded on the score sheet and contribute on the offensive end," said Parros, who was playing in his eighth NHL game. "It's especially nice when your team is on the winning side of things. I'm glad we were able to get two wins on the road."

Goalie Jason LaBarbera, who's won all four of his starts this season, made 28 saves. Center Sean Avery was scratched because of a sprained ankle.

The Flames lost 2-1 to Dallas on Saturday. Tony Amonte scored with one second left on a 5-on-3 power play in the first period, but Calgary failed to convert on another 5-on-3 that bridged the second and third periods.

"We had our opportunities," captain Jarome Iginla said. "You want to score when you have a 5-on-3 for 2 minutes. We've got to find a way to score there, but it's more than just the power play. We have to generate more offense."

Winger Darren McCarty was laid out on a check late in the second period and did not return.

STANDINGS: Flames - 7 points, 3rd place (tied), 8 PB, Northwest Division. Kings - 12 points, 1st place, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Chuck Kobasew, 4 goals; Roman Hamrlik, 6 assists and 7 points; McCarty, 30 PIM. Kings - Demitra, 5 goals; Visnovsky, 7 assists; Demitra and Visnovsky, 9 points; Parros, 26 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 21): Flames - Power play: 8 percent (4 for 50), 30th in NHL. Penalty killing: 72 percent (36 for 50), 30th. Kings - Power play: 17 percent (8 for 47), 16th. Penalty killing: 82.6 percent (38 for 46), 14th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (3-4-1, 1 SO, 2.87 GAA); Philippe Sauve (0-0-0, 3.00). Kings - Mathieu Garon (2-2-0, 3.24); LaBarbera (4-0-0, 1.50).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-1-1.

LAST MEETING: April 2, 2004; Flames, 3-2. At Los Angeles, Matthew Lombardi scored the tying and go-ahead goals and linemate Martin Gelinas added a goal and an assist.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 1-4-0 on the road; Kings - 4-1-0 at home.

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