Final 2OT

Tampa Bay won 4-3 (Game 6 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, June 5, 2004

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 2OT T
TB 0 2 0 13
CGY 0 2 0 02

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Nilson (Flames - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Richards (Lightning - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Tampa Bay at Calgary 8:00 pm EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Calgary Flames can bring the Stanley Cup to Canada for the first time since 1993 when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Six on Saturday.

The Flames, who are making their first appearance in the Finals since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989, took a three games to two lead in the series with a 3-2 overtime victory at the St. Pete Times Forum on Thursday.

Oleg Saprykin scored his first goal in 18 games 14:40 into overtime to give Calgary its record-tying 10th road win of the playoffs. The Flames matched the mark set by New Jersey in 1995 and equaled by the Devils in 2000.

New Jersey proceeded to win the championship in each of those seasons.

Without left wing Ville Nieminen, who served his one-game suspension for checking Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier from behind in Game Four, the Flames relied on another strong effort from captain Jarome Iginla on Thursday.

The Conn Smythe Trophy candidate gave the Flames a 2-1 lead with his NHL-leading 13th playoff goal late in the second period before creating the rebound for Saprykin's game-winner with a slap shot from the right faceoff circle. Iginla is tied with Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards for the league lead with 22 points.

Calgary improved to 4-0 in Game Fives in the postseason, with all four wins coming on the road.

The Flames are the first Canadian-based team to reach the Finals since the 1994 Vancouver Canucks. With a win, they will bring the Stanley Cup to its originating country for the first time since 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens captured their record 23rd championship.


Tampa Bay - RW Martin St. Louis has three goals in the series. He has points in six of his last eight games.

Calgary - RW Jarome Iginla scored his third goal of the Finals and sixth in eight games. He added an assist for his second multi-point effort of the series and fourth of the playoffs.


Tampa Bay - C Vincent Lecavalier has not scored a goal in his last six games. LW Dimitry Afanasenkov is pointless in 12 contests. D Nolan Pratt has not registered a point in 18 postseason games.

Calgary - RW Chris Clark has not recorded a point in 14 games. C Chuck Kobasew is pointless in his last 10 contests. D Rhett Warrener has one assist in 22 postseason games.

STREAKS: The Flames have won six of their last seven road games. Tampa Bay has alternated wins and losses over its last 12 contests.

HISTORY: Calgary has appeared in the Finals twice, losing in 1986 before winning in 1989. The Lightning are playing for the championship for the first time in their 12-year existence.


Tampa Bay - C Brad Richards and LW Ruslan Fedotenko, 10 goals; RW Martin St. Louis, 14 assists; Richards and St. Louis, 22 points.

Calgary - RW Jarome Iginla, 13 goals; C Craig Conroy, 11 assists; Iginla, 22 points.


Tampa Bay - None.

Calgary - D Denis Gauthier (knee); C Matthew Lombardi (concussion); C Dean McAmmond (back); RW Shean Donovan (charley horse).