Game Over

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:19 PM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. RUSLAN FEDOTENKO, Lightning: A goal and four shots on goal in the opening 40 minutes.

 2. VINNY LECAVALIER, Lightning: Recorded a couple of assists in a dominant performance.

 3. NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN, Lightning: Goaltender solid though not overworked.

 TURNING POINT:

 The Flames' lukewarm powerplay fails to capitalize on four man-advantage situations in the first period.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 With the Lightning on the powerplay late in the first period, Tampa defenceman Pavel Kubina charged up the left wing with the puck. Flames rearguard Rhett Warrener veered across the ice and banged Kubina with solid hip-check, the type of smash we haven't seen since Denis Gauthier's injury sidelined the power hitter.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 With the Lightning pressing late in the first period, the puck squirted loose to Vinny Lecavalier in front of the Calgary net. The lanky forward flipped the puck at the open side of the cage looking for a 2-0 lead but Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff batted it away with a quick blocker.

 FIGHT CARD:

 Flames defenceman Andrew Ference pummeled Cory Stillman in the third period, apparent payback for the Lightning left-winger's nasty elbow to the head of Flames forward Marcus Nilson in Game 1. In a later bout, Flames left-winger Chris Simon and Andre Roy traded punches in a draw and ended up in a heap on the ice.

 NOTABLES:

 The Stanley Cup, along with other historic trophies from the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be on display tonight and tomorrow at Calgary City Hall. Fans can view the trophies free of charge from 6 p.m. today until 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Municipal Building Complex, West Atrium, 800 MacLeod Trail ... The Lightning is first in playoff goal production, averaging 2.82 goals per game ... Tampa is 28-0-2 during the regular season and playoffs when Brad Richards scores ... Lightning bench boss John Tortorella is the first American coach to reach the Stanley Cup final since Ron Wilson (a U.S. citizen born in Windsor, Ont.) did it with the Washington Capitals in 1998. The last U.S. coach to win the Stanley Cup was former Flames head man Bob Johnson, who achieved the feat with the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins ... Tampa's powerplay unit is the best in the playoffs, scoring 15 times prior to last night for a 21.1% efficiency rate ... Tampa Bay is averaging 20,255 fans per game in the playoffs ... The Lightning have scored the first goal in 13 of 18 playoff games this spring, including last night's marker by Ruslan Fedotenko for a 1-0 lead in the first period.

 SERIES TIED 1-1, GAME 3 TOMORROW IN CALGARY, 6 P.M., CBC, FAN 960


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