Game Over

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:35 PM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. Jarome Iginla, Flames: Scored short-handed killer.

 2. Craig Conroy, Flames: Had his legs pumping plus won 11 faceoffs in first 40 minutes.

 3. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames: Turned aside 18 shots in the first two periods, including key saves to protect a 1-0 lead.

 TURNING POINT:

 Down 1-0, the Lightning went on the powerplay looking for the tying goal with five minutes left in the second period. But Flames right-winger Jarome Iginla picked up the loose puck and raced in on Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who stopped the initial shot with his glove hand. Iginla scooped up the loose puck at the side of the net and slipped it under the fallen goalie.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 After Lightning centre Brad Richards won the draw back to Darryl Sydor, the Tampa Bay defenceman ripped a slapshot Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff cooly directed into the corner with his blocker.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 Lightning defenceman Brad Lukowich spotted Flames centre Stephane Yelle chasing a loose puck behind the Tampa net midway through the first period. Changing gears, Lukowich ran Yelle into the end boards, rattling the glass and triggering a roar from the huge crowd.

 FIGHT CARD:

 On the ice, none, but some well-lubricated and somewhat frustrated fans duked it out in the stands in the upper deck at the end of the second period, right in front of the press box.

 UNSUNG HERO:

 Flames winger Chris Clark was a checking menace, creating turnovers in the Lightning zone. He even created a two-on-one breakaway in the first period but was unable to get a pass across to streaking Flames centre Craig Conroy.

 NOTABLES:

 The Sporting News yesterday named Lightning right-winger Martin St. Louis Player of the year. St. Louis ran away with the voting, earning 184 votes cast by NHL players. Flames right-winger Jarome Iginla earned second-team honours ... Sign seen in the stands: "Stanley Needs a Tan" ... Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin entered last night's game with a 14-2-2 regular season record against the Flames, with most wins earned playing for the Phoenix Coyotes ... Every fan attending the game received a pair of blue and white thundersticks ... In attendance was professional wrestling star Hulk Hogan ... A pocket of about a dozen Flames fans, wearing red home sweaters, was positioned behind the Calgary bench during warmups ... The Stanley Cup is being displayed this week in Tampa shopping malls and schools, just like it was last week in Calgary.

 Flames Lead Series 1-0. Game 2 Tomorrow in Tampa, 6 P.M., CBC, Fan 960


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