Momentum shifts south

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET


 The Lightning stole the Flames' thunder last night, reclaiming home-ice advantage and momentum in the Stanley Cup final with a 1-0 win.

 The best-of-seven series now appears destined to go seven games with the visitors evening the physical duel 2-2, continuing a win-one, lose-one pattern through the opening four contests.

 "We considered this a must-win game for us," conceded Lightning defenceman Darryl Sydor, who logged more than 22 minutes of ice time.

 "Even though we still had life (had we lost) it was a must-win.

 "We needed to make it 2-2 and we faced the facts, took our lumps yesterday (from coach John Tortorella) and were able to regroup and get a huge win tonight.

 "But it's a long series and it's not over."

 "We battled real hard and it's a two-out-of-three series now," noted Lightning centreman Tim Taylor, whose club quieted the 19,221 Flames fans crammed into the 'Dome.

 "It's a long way from over -- we still have to get ready for Game 5."

 The physically punishing series now takes a two-day break, with Game 5 Thursday night in Tampa, offering both clubs a chance to nurse their wounds.

 "Both teams go through the same type of schedule," said Tortorella.

 "So to me, that's how the schedule came out, two days in between and we'll go.

 "We will get our rest (today) and we will start again to get ready for Game 5."

 This is fourth consecutive series the Flames have been tied 2-2.

 When asked if the game was a lost opportunity for the Flames to move within one win of the Stanley Cup, coach Darryl Sutter responded: "I've seen it as Game 4 of a best-of-seven series ... To think that it was -- our deal always is to make it as long a series as we can and we did everything we could tonight to win, I think."

 Calgary forward Chris Clark, whose penalty in the first period led to the game's only goal, said the Flames were a bit snakebitten by goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

 "It's not like they did a lot to win this game. I think it was more our part and the things we didn't do, missed opportunities and things like that to lose the game," Clark said. "That's the positive that we can take out of it, is that we did play a pretty good game."

 Game 7, if necessary, is slated for Tampa on Monday.


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