CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — The Tampa Bay Lightning ended their
road woes at the expense of a record-breaking night for Jarome
Captain Vincent Lecavalier recorded two goals and set up another
and Mark Recchi notched five assists as the Lightning skated to
an 8-6 victory over the Calgary Flames in a wild contest on
Martin St. Louis had a pair of goals – including an empty-netter
– and an assist and rookie Steven Stamkos also tallied and had
an assist for the Lightning, who scored three times on the power
play to snap a seven-game road losing streak (0-6-1).
“It was a fun game to be part of,” St. Louis said. “We got a
lot of shots, 30-some shots. When you do that, good things
happen. Hopefully we can get on a roll now once we get back
Tampa Bay’s offensive outburst overshadowed Iginla, who became
the Flames’ all-time leading scorer.
The captain scored two goals and had three assists to surpass
Theoren Fleury’s total of 830 points. Iginla has 834 points.
“I never imagined staying this long,” Iginla said. “But it’s
been a great time and I’ve got to play with some good players
over that time. To get it at home was special to me. The crowd
“But unfortunately, it didn’t go the way we wanted. Looking
back at it, it’s still going to be a good night, I’ll appreciate
it for sure.”
Iginla scored the 400th goal of his career 14 seconds into the
third period to tie the score at 5-5. The All-Star set up in
the slot and blasted a one-timer past rookie goaltender Mike
But the Lightning responded with a pair of power-play tallies as
Ryan Malone knocked in a rebound of Recchi’s shot from the left
circle at the 2:39 mark of the third. Lecavalier doubled the
advantage with 11:28 to play, firing a one-timer from the left
point past Curtis McElhinney, who had replaced Miikka Kiprusoff
at the start of the session.
“You don’t see (14 goals) very often anymore,” Recchi said.
“It’s nice to see it once in a while, especially if you’re on
the winning end of it. Obviously there was a lot of miscues,
but at the same time I think it was a good hockey game. It was
physical and the guys were playing hard.”
Todd Bertuzzi cut the deficit in half with 3:14 to play, scoring
on the power play off a feed from Iginla, but – despite heavy
pressure – Calgary could not level the contest in the final
St. Louis put the finishing touches on the scoring, netting an
empty-net goal from near the center line with 32 seconds to
Calgary scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead late in
the second period, but Tampa Bay answered with three consecutive
tallies of its own.
“We just lost our focus in terms of defensive posturing,” Flames
coach Mike Keenan said. “They are a team that is a high risk
team in terms of clearing the zone looking for offensive
opportunities. I thought they came out and hit us very hard,
they had some good physical elements to their game, which took
us out of the game to a certain degree.
“Give them credit, there are not too many teams that come in
here when we have a two-goal lead and take the lead away from us
in one single period, then get out of here with a win.”
Lecavalier and Stamkos scored 77 seconds apart and Vaclav
Prospal gave the Lightning the lead on a power-play goal with 93
seconds left in the third. Prospal knocked in his own rebound
on the left side of the crease after Gary Roberts threw the puck
on net from the right circle.
Kiprusoff allowed five goals on 19 shots for Calgary, which saw
its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists and Craig Conroy
scored and had an assist for the Flames.