Game 7 -
Flames 1 ( TAMPA BAY WINS SERIES 4-3 )
scored twice as the Tampa Bay
Lightning won the Stanley Cup.
The Flames made
it interesting in the 3rd period, but it wasn't in the cards
as the Cinderella Run finally passed midnight.
The Conn Smythe
playoff MVP award went to Tampa's Brad
Richards. This is the Lightning's first Cup win in
their short 12 year history. It was an even more special
night for 40-year-old Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, who
finally got to hoist the Stanley Cup after 22 NHL seasons,
ending the NHL's longest streak (1,760 games) without a Cup.
Furthermore, the Bolts become the first team since Calgary's
1989 team to eliminate Montreal and go on to win it all.
Karma? Fate? Whatever the case, both teams
played their hearts out, but for now, Congratulationss to Tampa Bay !
Game 6 -
Flames 2 ( 2 OT ) ( SERIES TIED 3-3 )
Martin St. Louis scored 33 seconds
into the second overtime period to give the Lightning a 3-2
victory over the Calgary Flames and force a seventh
and deciding game Monday night in Tampa. The first
four goals were scored in the second period: Brad Richards
on a power play at 4:17, Chris Clark into an open side of
Tampa Bay net at 9:05, Richards on another power play at
10:52 and Marcus Nilson into another gaping net at 17:49.
To win the Stanley Cup now, the Flames will have to set a
league playoff record for most road wins, 11. If they can do
it, they'll become the first team in league history to win
the Stanley Cup with a losing home record, 5-7.
Game 5 -
Flames 3 Lightning 2 ( 1 OT )
( CALGARY LEADS 3-2 )
Gelinas and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis traded goals in the
first period. After Iginla gave the Flames a 2-1 lead in the
second, Lightning winger Fredrik Modin tied it with a power
play goal 37 seconds into the third. Oleg Saprykin
then scored 14:40 into overtime to lead the Flames to a 3-2
victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flames hold
a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven final series and can claim
the second Stanley Cup in franchise history and their first
since 1989 with a win in Game 6 on Saturday night in
Game 4 -
Lightning 1 Flames 0
( SERIES TIED 2-2 )
Brad Richards set a
single-season playoff record with his seventh winning goal,
scored after Tampa Bay got a rare two-man advantage in the
third minute. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped all 29 shots
he faced to become the fifth goaltender in NHL history to
post a fifth shutout in one playoff year. Tampa Bay is 8-0
when Richards scores, and improved to a 6-0 record in games
following playoff losses, taking the momentum back to Tampa
Bay for Game 5 with a 2 day rest period.
Game 3 -
Lightning 0 ( CALGARY LEADS 2-1 )
With Calgary on the
power play, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped Brad Richards on a
shorthanded breakaway, and on the ensuing rush, Chris Simon
scored to break the goose egg in the second
period. Shean Donovan added to the Flames' lead on a pretty
2 on 1 play. Jarome Iginla put the icing on the cake
in the 3rd. Kiprusoff posted his sixth shutout of the
playoffs and is now 5-0 after a loss.
Game 2 - Lightning 4 Flames 1
( SERIES TIED 1-1 )
Dan Boyle's house
may have burned down during Game 1, but it didn't affect him
one bit as he chipped in with a goal. The Bolts' usual
suspects of Brad Richards, Ruslan Fedotenko, Vincent
Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis provided the offense Tampa
Bay fans were waiting for. Ville Niemenen spoiled
Nikolai Khabibulin's shutout bid.
Game 1 -
Flames 4 Lightning 1
( CALGARY LEADS 1-0 )
A fluke deflection
goal off Martin Gelinas' skate and yet another
shorthanded goal by Jarome Iginla sealed the deal as the
Flames drew first blood.