The Calgary Flames apply pressure early in Game 4 but fail to get a shot on goal despite several chances.
The visitors finally get on track offensively to register their own chance on a 2-on-1 by LW Dmitry Afanasenkov on which G Miikka Kiprusoff makes an awkward save.
Moments later, the Flames are tagged with two penalties, a cross-check to RW Chris Clark and a hold to D Mike Commodore, that sends the Lightning on a full two-minute 5-on-3. On it, C Brad Richards, pinching in from the point, unloads a one-time slapshot to the top-shelf to put the visitors up 1-0 2:48 into the game.
The Flames get a chance to tie it on a 2-on-1 three minutes later when RW Jarome Iginla feeds LW Martin Gelinas but the playoff overtime hero of the first three series chips the puck wide trying to go short-side over G Nikolai Khabibulin.
The Flames get their first powerplay at the eight-minute mark and the best chance comes on C Craig Conroy's low drive from the point that Khabibulin stops with his left leg.
The two teams exchange a barrage of hits, with the best delivered by LW Krzysztof Oliwa on Afanasenkov at the Lightning blueline. Afanasenkov then nails RW Chuck Kobasew with an elbow to give Calgary its second powerplay of the night.
On the man advantage, LW Martin Gelinas gets two deflections, including one that sees the puck flip dangerously over the net.
In the final minute, a puck rolls slowly into Khabibulin that somehow gets through his legs and trickles just wide of the near post.
* FIRST PERIOD STAR: C Brad Richards, Lightning.
In three early chances, RW Jarome Iginla blows a shot off G Nikolai Khabibulin's glove that ricochets off the post. Then LW Martin Gelinas nearly deflects a puck past the goalie while standing at the top of the crease. And Iginla tries to bang a puck from behind the net in off Khabibulin.
Five minutes in, LW Krzysztof Oliwa takes a holding penalty when he manhandles D Dan Boyle going into the endboards. On the ensuing Lightning powerplay, the Flames get the best chances on a couple of odd-man rushes.
The Flames roll the momentum into a flurry by the line of RW Shean Donovan, C Chuck Kobasew and LW Oleg Saprykin that doesn't net a goal but gets a standing ovation from the Saddledome crowd.
Midway through the period, LW Cory Stillman gets a hot shot off through traffic that barely misses the short-side corner behind G Miikka Kiprusoff.
On C Marcus Nilson's turnover with 5:09 left, C Brad Richards gets a chance alone in the slot but Kiprusoff stands his ground.
The Flames look lost in their own zone allowing RW Martin St. Louis to get a quick shot away from a sharp angle but Kiprusoff takes the chance away.
*SECOND PERIOD STAR: RW Shean Donovan, Flames
The Flames get a scoring chance at 15:30, when LW Chris Simon rips a low shot on net but RW Chris Clark is unable to get enough on the puck to knock it past of G Nikolai Khabibulin.
Three minutes later, LW Martin Gelinas tries to extend around Khabibulin from beside the net but the Bolt is able to thwart the opportunity.
At the midway mark, D Andrew Ference gets the puck and skates in off the point through the slot but is unable to beat Khabibulin with a backhand shot.
With five minutes left, Simon unloads another quick, low shot from the sideboards and D Darryl Sydor nearly knocks the rebound past Khabibulin. With 4:13 left, LW Ville Nieminen drives the head of C Vincent Lecavalier into the glass to draw a major boarding penalty to leave the Flames shorthanded for the rest of regulation.
On the powerplay, LW Dmitry Afanasenkov gets a chance alone in tight on G Miikka Kiprusoff but is turned away by the Flames 'tender.
At the other end, D Andrew Ference is robbed by the glove of Khabibulin on a slap shot.
Still shorthanded, the Flames press late but can't get the tying goal.
*THIRD PERIOD STAR: G Nikolai Khabibulin, Lightning.
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TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun
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