Calgary forward Daymond Langkow was penalized for hooking while defenceman Roman Hamrlik was sent to the box for high-sticking at the same time. On the ensuing power play, Vincent Lecavalier threaded a cross-crease pass to Boyle, who tapped it into the net past Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to seal the victory.
The game was a rematch of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals, which the Lightning won in seven games. The Lightning hadn’t been back to Calgary since that Game 6 of that series, when they beat the Flames 3-2 in double overtime.
Lecavalier and Nick Tarnasky each had a goal and an assist for the Tampa Bay (39-27-4), which won its second straight game. Jeff Friesen and Craig Conroy replied for the Flames (36-22-10), who lost their second straight after reeling off five straight wins.
Calgary’s starting line of Conroy, Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay applied all sorts of early pressure, but Tampa Bay struck first when Tarnasky scored his fourth of the season for Tampa Bay. Tarnasky picked up a rebound and let go a harmless-looking shot that somehow squeaked through Kiprusoff’s pads and into the net.
Calgary tied the game in the second period when Friesen scored his second in as many games after going the previous 11 without a goal. Friesen took a long pass from defenceman Rhett Warrener and went in on a two-on-one with linemate Stephane Yelle before firing a wrist shot over Tampa Bay goalie Mark Denis’ glove and into the top corner.
Conroy put the Flames ahead 2-1 at 4:26 of the third period when he banked a shot off of Denis and into the net. The goal was originally waived off, but was then awarded after a video review, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 19,289 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Just 2:11 later, Tarnasky fed a nice cross-ice pass to Lecavalier, who tapped in his league-leading 46th goal of the season past Kiprusoff to force overtime.
Notes: The last time the Lightning visited Calgary for a regular season game was on Jan. 24, 2004 when the Lightning skated to a 6-2 win. … With the loss, Calgary’s all-time record against Tampa Bay fell to 11-8-1-1. … Country music star Paul Brandt, a Calgary resident, sang the national anthems before the game.