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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames
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GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (22-16-6-3) at Calgary Flames (24-16-4-3).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.

Roman Turek appears ready to reclaim his role as the starting goalie on the Calgary Flames.

The goaltending situation with the Tampa Bay Lightning isn't as clear.

Turek should make his fifth straight start since returning from a knee injury when the Flames face the Lightning for the only time this season.

In his last start, Turek stopped all 23 shots and Shean Donovan and Matthew Lombardi each scored twice in Calgary's 4-0 victory over Nashville on Thursday.

Turek, who missed three months, has allowed seven goals in four games since returning. Newcomer Mikka Kiprusoff recorded a league-best 1.48 goals-against average in 16 games in Turek's absence, but has been out since Dec. 29 with a sprained knee.

Calgary, 5-5-1 this month, hasn't made the playoffs since 1996, the longest current postseason drought in the league.

"A huge game for us," Turek said. "We were talking about how important this game was and everyone was ready to go right from the opening minute."

Tampa Bay contiued its four-game trip Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Edmonton. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards scored second-period goals, as the first-place Lightning improved to 6-1-0-2 in their last nine.

"I thought we played hard, the guys didn't get caught up in all the traveling situation. They got their rest, and tonight we got a full result," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.

Tortorella's team got another strong performance from goalie John Grahame, who made 26 saves to win for the fifth time in six starts.

While Grahame is 6-2 with a 1.33 GAA in his last eight games, Nikolai Khabibulin is 1-3 with a 4.63 mark in his past four.

"Obviously the past four games I have not been on top of my game, but I think this is something that is going to happen throughout the course of the year," Khabibulin said. "I just have to try to keep working and not get frustrated. And when the next game comes, start over and get a better result."

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis has four goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 24 '04 TBL 6 at CGY 2 B. Richards