GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning at Calgary Flames.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Stanley Cup finals; Flames lead, 2-1.
TIME: Monday, 8 p.m. EDT.
Team captain Jarome Iginla set the tone for the Calgary Flames as they won
Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Vincent LeCavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning hope to take the momentum
right back in Game 4 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Iginla, known as one of the league's most productive point producers, used
his fists to get the Flames going Saturday night in Calgary. The 6-foot-1,
208-pound right wing engaged in a first-period scuffle with the 6-4, 207-pound
LeCavalier - a rare brawl between superstars that displayed just how heated the
series has become.
While LeCavalier held his own in the fight, the Iginla and the Flames
clearly benefitted most in the aftermath.
Iginla helped break a scoreless tie in the second period when he set up
Chris Simon's goal, and added a power-play tally himself late in the third as
the Flames cruised to a 3-0 win behind the brilliant goaltending of Miikka
Kiprusoff, who stopped 21 shots.
The victory was the Flames' first finals win in Calgary since they captured
the Cup in 1989. Many of the Flames cited Iginla's early show of toughness as
the spark they needed to avenge a disappointing 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay on
"I think that fight was huge and really set the tone physically for us,"
Simon said. "They've got a lot of skill and we know we had to establish a
Iginla insisted he didn't set out to start a fight, but liked what happened
"We didn't get a lot of shots in the first period, but we were very
physical. That carried into the second," Iginla said. "... The fight is just
part of the intensity out there; everybody knows what's on the line."
As for LeCavalier, his evening didn't go nearly as well after the fight with
Iginla. LeCavalier's errant pass behind from behind the Calgary net resulted in
a 2-on-1 break, ending in a goal by Shean Donovan with 2:51 left in the second
period, giving the Flames a 2-0 cushion.
"It went through someone's legs, a defenseman," Lecavalier said of the
pass. "It's a bad break, but we didn't score a goal. So even if he didn't
score on that opportunity, it was still 1-0."
The Flames, out of the playoffs for seven straight seasons until being
revived by coach Darryl Sutter, hope to halt Tampa Bay's monthlong trend of
following a playoff loss with a win. The Lightning have alternated wins and
losses for nine straight games, three short of New Jersey's 12-game streak in
"That's the way it's been all playoffs for us," Lightning coach John
Tortorella said. "We need to get the next one."
Lecavalier understands the dangers of falling behind 3-1 to the feisty
"We have to get back (to playing) like we did the first couple of series,"
he said. "I know it's the finals and it's tougher, but we definitely have to
be more consistent."
The winning team has scored first in all three games in the series thus far.
Calgary is 12-1 and Tampa Bay 11-2 in this season's playoffs when scoring
"You always want to get the first goal, and we didn't get it (Saturday),"
Calgary has won two straight at the Saddledome and is 5-5 at home during the
postseason. Tampa Bay won its first five road playoff games, but has dropped
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Lightning - 1st seed; beat New York Islanders 4-1, East
quarterfinals; beat Montreal Canadiens 4-0, East semifinals; beat Philadelphia
Flyers 4-3, East finals. Flames - 6th seed; beat Vancouver Canucks 4-3, West
quarterfinals; beat Detroit Red Wings 4-2, West semifinals; beat San Jose
Sharks 4-2, West finals.
PLAYOFF TEAM LEADERS: Lightning - Ruslan Fedotenko, 10 goals; Martin St.
Louis, 14 assists and 21 points; Chris Dingman, 63 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 12
goals and 20 points; Craig Conroy, 11 assists, Simon, 72 PIM.
PLAYOFF SPECIAL TEAMS: Lightning - Power play: 19.0 percent (16 for 84).
Penalty killing: 86.6 percent (58 for 67). Flames - Power play: 13.1 percent
(13 for 99). Penalty killing: 84.8 percent (89 for 105).
GOALTENDERS: Lightning - Nikolai Khabibulin (13-6, 4 SO, 1.81 GAA); John
Grahame (0-0, 3.64). Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (13-8, 4, 1.95); Roman Turek