Botched break zaps Bolts

TODD SAELHOF -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET


 Brad Richards usually puts his chances in the net.

 Instead, the Tampa Bay Lightning sniper put the blame squarely on his shoulders last night after his second-period shot was turned away by goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on a partial breakaway.

 And the slick centre knew right then it would be the Game 3 turning point in a 3-0 loss to the host Calgary Flames.

 "I just had a feeling," said Richards when asked post-game why he believed the Flames would rebound for a goal moments after his chance.

 "Sometimes you get those chances in that tight of a game. They go back down and get that chance and capitalize. It's just one of those things I had in my head.

 "If I score that, it might have been different."

 Indeed, the Lightning labelled the missed opportunity a life-giver for the Flames in the game. Chris Simon banged in a powerplay goal just moments later and the home side kept up the pressure to score again just over three minutes later on Shean Donovan's perfect shot.

 "I think they came at us in the second period," said Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk. "They got life after that first goal. I thought that we could have played a lot better after that goal. We've got to continue to keep our composure.

 "I know that we're in a building that's going pretty wild but we let them take control of the game after that first goal. And we just have to realize it is just one goal -- one shot."

 And one goal is not much to overcome for a Lightning club loaded with skill.

 The problem last night was not registering enough shots on net -- 21 total and just 11 over the opening 40 minutes.

 "You can't expect to win when you have 10 shots after two periods," Richards said. "The way they took it to us in the second half of the second period, no matter how good or bad the goalie is, you're not going to score goals."

 Certainly, they expected at least one goal after showing off their offensive ware in the 4-1 Game 2 victory Thursday night in Tampa.

 "Calgary played much better," Richards said. "We played much worse. It's as simple as that."

 And the loss left the stop-and-go Lightning without two straight wins dating back to the second round.

 "We're not going to worry about not winning two (in a row), right now," Richards said.

 "We've gotta worry about Game 4. We can wipe out everything and start all over with a best-of-three."


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