"I just tried to get open and get ready for and make contact
with it," said Boyle. "I got all of it really. It's always nice
to play with guys that can put the puck on your stick. It makes it
easier for everybody."
Calgary forward Daymond Langkow was penalized for hooking while
defenseman Roman Hamrlik penalized for high-sticking at the same
time to set up the power play for the Lightning in the overtime.
"When you get to overtime, you've got to be prepared to be
disciplined," said Calgary coach Jim Playfair. "Hooking and
high-sticking -- two stick penalties that cost us the game."
The game was a rematch of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals, which the
Lightning won in seven games. The Lightning hadn't been back to
Calgary since Game 6 of that series, when they beat the Flames 3-2
in double overtime.
"The core guys, it's a little extra special for us," Boyle
said. "I'm sure it's disappointing on their end, too."
Lecavalier and Nick Tarnasky each had a goal and an assist for
Tampa Bay, which won its second straight game. Jeff Friesen and
Craig Conroy scored for the Flames, who lost their second straight.
Conroy, Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay applied early pressure
for the Flames, but Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead when Tarnasky scored
his fourth of the season for Tampa Bay. Tarnasky picked up a
rebound and sent a shot that squeaked through Miikka Kiprusoff's
pads and into the net.
Calgary tied the game in the second period when Friesen scored
his second goal in as many games after going the previous 11
without a goal. Friesen took a long pass from defenseman Rhett Warrener and went in on a 2-on-1 with linemate Stephane Yelle
before firing a wrist shot over Tampa Bay goalie Mark Denis' glove
and into the top corner.
Conroy put the Flames ahead 2-1 at 4:26 of the third period when
he banked a shot off Denis and into the net. The goal was
originally waived off, but was allowed after a video review.
"When you are up 2-1 in the third period, you have to make sure
you bury teams," Tanguay said. "We've been doing it for awhile
now. The last couple of months we've been losing games in the third
period. It's going to be important for us down the stretch [to make
sure] once we're up, the game's over."
Just 2:11 later, Tarnasky fed a nice cross-ice pass to
Lecavalier, who tapped in his league-leading 46th goal of the
season past Kiprusoff to force overtime.
"I saw Vinny going to the net and figured just try to throw it
anywhere around him it will probably go in," Tarnasky said. "He's
got pretty good hands."
The last time Tampa Bay visited Calgary for a
regular-season game was on Jan. 24, 2004 when the Lightning got a
6-2 win. ... With the loss, Calgary's record against Tampa Bay fell
to 11-8-1-1. ... Country music star Paul Brandt, a Calgary
resident, sang the national anthems before the game.
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Tom Kowal, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 19,289 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Nick Tarnasky (4)
Assists: Tim Taylor, Jason Ward
Jeff Friesen (5)
Assists: Rhett Warrener, Andrei Zyuzin
Craig Conroy (11)
Assists: Andrei Zyuzin, Alex Tanguay
Vincent Lecavalier (46)
Assists: Nick Tarnasky, Ruslan Fedotenko
Dan Boyle (15)
(Power Play) Assists: Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis