Louis! Louis!

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET

 The true snipers only need a sniff.

 They have a nose for the net. And all they need is a whiff of a potential goal and they jump on the puck like a rabid dog.

  You can check them into the ice for 60 minutes -- or more -- but they're never completely neutralized.

 The Calgary Flames did a masterful job of bottling up Martin St. Louis for four straight periods.

 Tampa's diminutive sniper didn't have so much as a shot on goal through 80 minutes of play.

 Then ... boom!

 He ends the game in the blink of an eye.

 "I was waiting to see if the rebound would come," St. Louis beamed after scoring last night's game-winner 33 seconds into double overtime.

 "It wasn't a good angle to shoot but I just thought throw it on net, you never know."

 St. Louis' second overtime goal of the Stanley Cup playoffs forced a winner-take-all Game 7 Monday night in Tampa.

 Lightning coach John Tortorella praised his superstar for not getting frustrated by the Flames' smothering checkers.

 "They were working him pretty good throughout the game," Tortorella said. "We couldn't get him consistently involved in the offence but he makes a big play.

 "I mean, you work so hard and you are trying to crawl back into a series so everybody was pretty happy.

 "To be honest with you, I was surprised it happened so quick. I thought we were in for a long night."

 Like St. Louis, Flames sniper Jarome Iginla was held in check for the majority of the game, managing just a pair of shots on net.

 Iginla said the winning goal was a result of a broken play but wasn't about to take anything away from St. Louis, who will be his teammate on Team Canada's World Cup team.

 "We had it on the wall but unfortunately, it didn't get out," the Flames captain said. "But he made the most of it.

 "A lot of the big goals aren't pretty. He's scored some big goals from them in the playoffs."


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