Tampa Bay won 4-3 (Game 1 of 7)

Tampa Bay won 4-3

Game 1: Tuesday, May 25th
Game 2: Thursday, May 27th
Game 3: Saturday, May 29th
Game 4: Monday, May 31st
Game 5: Thursday, June 3rd
Game 6: Saturday, June 5th
Game 7: Monday, June 7th

8:00 PM ET, May 25, 2004

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 T
CGY 1 2 14
TB 0 0 11

Top Skaters

Calgary: J. Iginla - 1 G, 4 SOG, +2

Tampa Bay: M. St. Louis - 1 G, 4 SOG,

Calgary at Tampa Bay 8:00 pm EDT

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- In the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Calgary Flames in Game One on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay entered the NHL with the Ottawa Senators in 1992-93 and before coach John Tortorella arrived midway through the 2000-01 season, the Lightning had appeared in just one playoff series - losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1996.

Under Tortorella, Tampa Bay has won back-to-back Southeast Division titles and this season it earned the top seed in the East. After beating the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens, the Lightning needed seven games to oust the Flyers.

The Lightning squandered a third-period lead in Game Six, but rebounded and advanced with Saturday's 2-1 win. In front of the largest crowd in the history of the St. Pete Times Forum, Ruslan Fedotenko and Fredrik Modin scored and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Seeded sixth in the West, Calgary knocked off Northwest Division champion Vancouver in the first round, Central Division champion Detroit in the conference semifinals and Pacific Division champion San Jose in the conference final to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1989.

The Flames have not played since winning Game Six against the San Jose on Wednesday. After the first five games were won by the visiting team, Calgary posted a 3-1 victory as Martin Gelinas scored his third straight series-clinching goal.

"It's pretty awesome," said Gelinas, who went to the Stanley Cup Finals with Vancouver in 1994. "You just feel that buzz in the city and everywhere you go. ... Not only we're representing Calgary, but Canada, and it's an opportunity that doesn't come very, very often. We just got to take the challenge and make the best out of it."

Who's Hot:

Calgary - RW Jarome Iginla has 10 goals during the postseason and has scored in each of the last three games.

Tampa Bay - LW Ruslan Fedotenko has four goals in his last three games and scored five during the conference finals; C Brad Richards had two assists Saturday and has seven goals in his last nine games.

Who's Not:

Calgary - The Flames have just three goals in their last 44 power plays; LW Oleg Saprykin has not scored in his last 13 games.

Tampa Bay - LW Cory Stillman, who began his career with the Flames, has scored just two goals.

STREAKS: The Flames are 8-2 on the road in the postseason, winning their last four away from Calgary; Tampa Bay is 7-2 at home during the postseason.

HISTORY: Calgary is 10-1 when scoring first; Tampa Bay also is 10-1 when scoring first.


Calgary - Iginla, 10 goals, C Craig Conroy, 10 assists; Iginla, 17 points.

Tampa Bay - C Vincent Lecavalier and Fedotenko, nine goals; RW Martin St. Louis, 13 assists; St. Louis, 18 points.


Calgary - D Denis Gauthier (knee); D Toni Lydman (concussion); Matthew Lombardi (concussion).

Tampa Bay - None.