Tampa trying to end trend

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:11 PM ET


 It's Tampa Bay's first appearance in the Stanley Cup final, but since the NHL expanded in 1967 from six to 12 teams, just five of 16 clubs prevailed when making it to their first Cup final.

 They are the Philadelphia Flyers (1974), the New York Islanders (1980), Pittsburgh Penguins (1991) New Jersey Devils (1995) and Colorado Avalanche (1996).

 The Flames lost to Montreal in their first Cup showdown in 1986, prevailing in the rematch in 1989.

 The Flames are trying to join the 1995 Devils as the only clubs since 1967 to win the Cup without enjoying home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

 WORLD IS WATCHING: NHL International is producing and distributing a live world feed that is being seen in 217 countries across Europe, South and Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Pacific Rim and Australia.

 TAMPA'S CHALLENGE: The Lightning saw first-hand in Game 1 how Calgary's Jarome Iginla can take over a game.

 Tampa has to find a way to somehow contain the Flames winger, who leads playoff scoring with 11 goals.

 "It definitely is a challenge," said Tampa captain Dave Andreychuk.

 "He's a very strong player. He works very hard. He has that edge. He has a lot of intensity. That's what makes him a very good player. We're going to try to contain him as best we can."

 Iginla's line with Craig Conroy and Martin Gelinas scored two of Calgary's four goals in Game 1.

 "For the five guys that are on the ice against him, we're going to have to concentrate on trying to shut down that line because they work very well together," said Andreychuk.

 ELSEWHERE: Jody Shelley, Columbus' enforcer who was fourth in the NHL in penalty minutes this season, re-signed with the Blue Jackets yesterday.

 Financial terms of the two-year contract were not disclosed. The left wing had three goals, three assists and 228 penalty minutes in 76 games last season.


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