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Game Rush: Flames vs. Lightning

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

2-1 OT

TAMPA, FLA -- The Calgary Flames looked like they were on their way to back-to-back wins in Florida but a Tampa Lightning resurgence in the third period spoiled that.

The loss was costly in more ways than one as Rene Bourque was drilled from behind by Kurt Foster as the Lac La Biche native was coming out of the penalty box early in the first period. He went down hard before getting to his feet and heading to the locker room. He did not return for the rest of the night. Foster was not penalized on the play.

There was no update on the forward's condition immediately following the game.

The game started off with a nasty edge before settling down in the third frame. There were nine minors handed out, two fights and one game misconduct in the first period. Ales Kotalik's third game with the Flames was short as he was sent to the locker room just five minutes into the game when it became apparent his jersey was not tied down to his equipment during his second NHL scrap. When the tiedown is not used, it is an automatic game misconduct.

The Flames took a couple more penalties in the second frame but cleaned up their act in the third, taking none. The Lightning weren't called for anything during the second and third periods.

Mark Giordano picked up his second power play marker in two nights when his shot from the point beat Antero Niittymaki blocker side. Mikael Backlund played a big part in the play as he stood his ground in front of the Tampa net, creating the perfect screen.

Steven Stamkos got the Lightning onto the board when he backhanded the puck while falling down, scoring his 32nd of the year and pushing his points streak to nine games.

Andrej Meszaros ended the Flames hopes of winning three in a row when he was able to find small hole between Kiprusoff and the post and toss the puck past the Finnish netminder in overtime.

The Flames have a few days off before squaring off against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. MST on Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.

The Flames played two picture perfect road periods before coming out flat in the third stanza. Stamkos was able to notch the tying goal early in the last period of regulation and the Flames never rebounded. They were outshot 12-5 in the third and carried that over when the extra period rolled around. A bad line change held the Flames in their own zone and Meszaros didn't waste that opportunity, throwing in his 5th goal of the season.

D Aaron Johnson, F Brian McGrattan and F Jamie Lundmark were healthy scratches for the Flames. The Lightning left out D David Hale and F Brandon Bochenski.

1000 - Career games for Langkow. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lighting in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 1995 Entry Draft.

2 - Number of fights in Kotalik's career.

2 - Power play goals for Giordano in 2 straight games.

4:56 - Ice time for Kotalik.

4 - Shots for Niklas Hagman and Jarome Iginla.

"I've been around for a long time, so it's a pretty big accomplishment and it's something I'm pretty proud of. It's kind of hard to believe I've played that many years. Every year is different; new challenges; right now, I'm more focused on what I can do to help this team win.'' - Langkow on playing his 1000th game.

"He’s stronger now than he was a year ago. You really notice that in his stride, his shot. And he’s obviously got the talent, let’s not kid ourselves." - Brent Sutter on Stamkos




Mark Giordano
Another PP marker for the blueliner, 2 shots and 2 hits
Miikka Kiprusoff
Held his team in the game through a rough 3rd period
Ian White
Great defensive game, 1 shot and 3 blocked shots

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