Vacancies at forward put Sutter's skills to the test

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET


 FIRST PERIOD:

 Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final begins tentatively but the Calgary Flames get an early powerplay when LW Freddy Modin high-sticks D Andrew Ference.

 On the man-advantage, D Toni Lydman contributes immediately on his return to the lineup when his shot is redirected perfectly by LW Martin Gelinas through the legs of G Nikolai Khabibulin. The first goal of the game comes at 2:13 of the first period.

 At the other end, G Miikka Kiprusoff makes a fantastic kick-save off D Dan Boyle, who pinches in from the point and one-times a centring pass low and hard. Modin backhands the rebound into Kiprusoff.

 With three minutes left, Kiprusoff catches a break when he loses sight of RW Martin St. Louis' centring pass from behind the net and Modin's close shot hits him right in the glove.

 Khabibulin then makes his own big save, going post-to-post to stop RW Chuck Kobasew's quick shot off a crossing feed by Lowry.

 It sparks the Lightning to score moments later, when St. Louis avoids two colliding Flames behind the net, swoops out in front and beats Kiprusoff five-hole at 19:26.

 * FIRST-PERIOD STAR: D Toni Lydman, Flames.

 SECOND PERIOD

 LW Chris Simon starts the scoring chances by ripping a shot off the cross-bar on a Flames' odd-man rush just two minutes into the frame.

 Play opens up and LW Martin Gelinas can't redirect C Craig Conroy's centring pass to try and put the Flames in the lead. Then moments later, Bolts LW Dmitry Afanasenkov misses C Vincent Lecavalier with a two-on-one pass.

 The end-to-end play continues and Iginla comes in on a two-on-one but can't hit C Marcus Nilson with a pass at the corner of the Lightning crease. LW Chris Dingman starts the other way for the Lightning but his shot from the high slot is stopped by the blocker of G Miikka Kiprusoff.

 Iginla then gets another glorious chance to cap a Flames rush when he one-times a Conroy feed into the slot but Khabibulin makes the save.

 Now in the final half of the period, the Bolts keep pressing but a pass out from behind the Flames net goes the length of the ice, where Iginla picks it up just inside the Lightning zone along the sideboards, takes three strides and rips a shot that beats Khabibulin to the far side of the net at 15:10.

 In a bid to stretch the lead, RW Shean Donovan tries to take advantage of a turnover, making a deke inside of D Jassen Cullimore and getting a one-handed shot away that is stopped by Khabibulin. Donovan injures his ankle on the play.

 * SECOND-PERIOD STAR: RW Jarome Iginla, Flames.

 THIRD PERIOD

 The Lightning comes out firing and draws a powerplay right off the bat when somehow D Rhett Warrener takes a penalty despite getting high-sticked in the head by C Vincent Lecavalier.

 Off the ensuing draw, C Brad Richards picks up a loose puck just inside the Flames blueline, skates along the boards and deep into the zone where he makes a nifty move around a defender and centres to LW Freddy Modin, who pounds the pass past G Miikka Kiprusoff just 37 seconds into the final frame.

 Midway through the period, the Flames buzz in the Bolts zone, with the best chances created by the fresh work of D Toni Lydman.

 With a little more than five minutes left, the Flames jump on a turnover in the neutral zone, sending them on a three-on-one, but RW Jarome Iginla fails to get a clean shot away after C Craig Conroy gives him a nifty pass.

 Two minutes later, LW Chris Clark comes in on a two-on-one but doesn't get away a clean shot.

 * THIRD-PERIOD STAR: RW Martin St. Louis, Lightning.

 OVERTIME

 The Flames get a furious flurry on which RW Jarome Iginla can't get enough of a rebound to put it past the goalie and then fires a shot from the slot that hits a Bolts player and deflects over the net.

 The Flames continue to press paced by Iginla, who gets a couple of glorious chances. Finally, he rifles one high at G Nikolai Khabibulin, who can't handle the rebound and LW Oleg Saprykin is there uncontested to shovel the puck through the legs of Khabibulin for the winning goal at 14:40 of overtime.

 * OVERTIME STAR: LW Oleg Saprykin, Flames.


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