Period by period

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET


 FIRST PERIOD:

 First shot for the Calgary Flames is the first goal of the 2004 Stanley Cup final. C Craig Conroy wins a draw in the Tampa Bay Lightning end and D Andrew Ference's high, harmless point-shot ricochets off two players, including the leg of LW Martin Gelinas, hits the post and the stick of G Nikolai Khabibulin to trickle over the goal-line just 3:08 into Game 1.

 D Darryl Sydor takes a shot off a Lightning faceoff win that Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff steers clear of the net.

 Moments later, LW Fredrik Modin comes out from the right corner and fires a wrist shot that Kiprusoff stops. The rebound comes back out to the right side where C Brad Richards rips a shot but the goalie turns it away with his blocker.

 A few minutes later, RW Jarome Iginla beats Sydor to a puck and nearly gets around Khabibulin, who comes well out to take the chance away.

 The first powerplay of the Stanley Cup final goes to the Lightning when C Stephane Yelle cross-checks Modin to the ice in front of the Flames net. But the visitors get the best chance, when RW Chris Clark takes away the puck at the Flames blueline, races up ice and misses on a backhand to the Khabibulin's short-side.

 RW Martin St. Louis fires a one-timer from a bad angle after the Flames hand over the puck in the neutral zone.

 The Flames get their first powerplay of the series, when D Pavel Kubina takes down Iginla beside the net. But again, the shorthanded squad gets the best chance when C Tim Taylor shoots from in tight off a dump-in as the seconds tick of the clock to end the first period.

 * FIRST-PERIOD STAR: Craig Conroy, Flames.

 SECOND PERIOD:

 The Flames resume action on the powerplay but don't get a chance until after D Pavel Kubina returns the Lightning to full strength. On an odd-man rush, LW Ville Nieminen nearly gets a chance to score when a rebound falls in front of a scrambling G Nikolai Khabibulin.

 A turnover by the Flames on a clearing attempt gives RW Martin St. Louis a chance but his backhander goes off the side of the net.

 With the Flames pressing, D Rhett Warrener's high shot hits Khabibulin and lands in front of the goalie, where RW Shean Donovan tries unsuccessfully to chip the rebound far-side.

 With slightly more than seven minutes left in the frame, LW Fredrik Modin uncorks a hard shot G Miikka Kiprusoff steers aside.

 St. Louis' slick moves in the slot force D Andrew Ference to take a penalty but again the Lightning powerplay goes sour. A centring pass hops over the Modin's stick to send RW Jarome Iginla on a breakaway. Khabibulin robs the Flames captain with a glove save but the goalie loses the puck and Iginla pounces on the loose rubber to bang home the shorthanded goal at 15:21 of the period.

 Then at 18:08, C Stephane Yelle collects a loose puck behind the Lightning net and roofs a shot high over Khabibulin.

 * SECOND-PERIOD STAR: Jarome Iginla, Flames.

 THIRD PERIOD:

 The Lightning go to the powerplay early in the period and finally find success. Moments after RW Martin St. Louis redirects a centring pass off the far post, St. Louis' hard shot from the left-wing boards trickles past G Miikka Kiprusoff and sits on the goal-line where LW Fredrik Modin taps it in for the Lightning's first goal.

 LW Oleg Saprykin takes a penalty when he knocks the stick out of Modin's hands on a faceoff but the Lightning's fifth PP of the game nearly results in another shorthanded goal for the Flames when RW Chris Clark takes the puck away from G Nikolai Khabibulin behind the net and just about scores on the wraparound.

 LW Andre Roy throws a vicious elbow on LW Ville Nieminen but the Finn later returned.

 With 2:10 left, RW Shean Donovan is shaken up after taking a butt-end from RW Ruslan Fedotenko, who gets tagged with a penalty. St. Louis high-sticks LW Martin Gelinas in the face to put the Flames on a two-man powerplay. And, with 20 seconds left, LW Chris Simon scores on a backhand move in tight to round out scoring.

 * THIRD-PERIOD STAR: Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames.


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