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First-period goal charges Lightning

Updated: May 28, 2004, 10:04 AM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

TAMPA, Fla. -- During this playoff spring, the formula has been simple. If you score the first goal, you win. If you don't, you lose.

On Thursday night, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames followed the now-familiar script. The Bolts broke the seal at 7:10 of the first period when left wing Ruslan Fedotenko tapped in a rebound of a Jassen Cullimore shot from the top of the left circle. Playing with the lead, the Lightning knotted the series ...

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