CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Brad Richards was a sure thing yet again for the
Tampa Bay Lightning.
Richards scored two power-play goals Saturday night in the Lightning's 3-2
victory Saturday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. Tampa Bay is 31-0-2
this season _ including 9-0 in the playoffs _ when Richards has a goal.
If that wasn't enough, goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has shown that he can
be counted on when the Lightning need to rebound.
Khabibulin saved the Lightning's season by helping to force a deciding
seventh game. He made 31 saves to improve to 7-0 following a Tampa Bay loss in
the playoffs, and has posted a 0.95 goals-against average in those victories.
The Lightning's victory was the 13th won by the road team in overtime in the
last 17 games since 1990 that needed extra time.
The Flames took a 3-2 lead in the series by winning in overtime at Tampa on
WINNING FOR DAVE:@ Dave Andreychuk is in the Stanley Cup finals for the
first time in his 22 NHL seasons.
And as much as the young members of the Tampa Bay Lightning hope to win for
themselves, they really want to make their 40-year-old captain a champion, as
``Definitely a lot of motivation for him,'' 24-year-old Vincent Lecavalier
said Saturday before Game 6. ``It's a great feeling for everybody just to be
here. To win the Cup, it's something everybody wants. But for a guy to be in
the league for 22 years and never reach the Stanley Cup finals, it would be
really nice to get that for him.''
John Tortorella, the 45-year-old coach of the Lightning, said Andreychuk is
a great player, Cup or not.
``He's a Hall-of-Famer,'' Tortorella said. ``With some of the young core
that he's been with the past few years, I think there's a little bit of
sentiment of trying to get it done. But it doesn't override our locker room.
Dave Andreychuk will not let it.
``He knows the reason why we're here is because you play as a team. When
it's all said and done, that's a nice story. But it's not a story within now.''
``If the guy wants to address the team, he will address the team,'' Sutter
said when asked if captain Jarome Iginla or any other players would talk before
the game. ``You are trying to really complicate the issue here. There's lots of
other real important things.''
The Flames needed just one victory to win their second Stanley Cup and the
first for a Canadian team since Montreal in 1993.
He did it three years ago with the Colorado Avalanche. That team, led by Ray
Bourque, had to win Game 6 on the road to force a deciding game at home. That
is the same predicament the Lightning faced heading into Saturday night's game
Forward Tim Taylor, a teammate of Bourque's in Boston, got a message from
the former defenseman on his phone. Taylor recorded it and played it for his
``He thought we were a good team and believed in us,'' Dingman said of
Bourque. ``He talked about what he went through and what we went through in
Colorado. We were able to do it from being down 3-2, so we just touched on that
it can be done.''
Taylor was impressed that Bourque, likely to be elected into the Hockey Hall
of Fame next week, even found him since he has long since changed his phone
``For him to track me down on my cell phone was pretty special by him,''
Bourque finished his 22-season NHL career with that Game 7 victory over New
Jersey that gave him his long-awaited championship.
Calgary Flames defenseman Steve Montador has a firm grasp of his unsettled
insides because of advice passed down from his father.
``If you're feeling butterflies, just make sure they're flying in
formation,'' Montador said a few hours before Game 6 and his first shot at the