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Flames' Iginla burns Red Wings

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2004

CALGARY, Alberta Jarome Iginla could only be shut down for so long by the Detroit Red Wings.

The NHL's regular-season scoring champ scored his first goal of the series Tuesday night, helping the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory that gave them back the lead in the second-round playoff matchup.

Calgary, which also won the series opener in Detroit, leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 again at home on Thursday night.

Martin Gelinas had two assists, including one on Iginla's second-period, power-play goal that gave the Flames a 2-1 lead.

''I think our line created more chances,'' said Iginla, who was held without a shot in Saturday's 5-2 loss in Detroit. ''I thought we were skating a little bit better. We were trying to concentrate as a group and a line. We had more chances and hopefully we can create more the next game.''

Stephane Yelle and Shean Donovan also scored for the Flames.

Robert Lang and Jiri Fischer had the Red Wings' goals.

A two-day rest between games seemed to help the Flames, who beat the older Red Wings to loose pucks and mixed in speed to complement their grit.

''It was nice to get some nice goals,'' Donovan said. ''When we're skating, our passes become a little more crisper.''

Detroit forward Darren McCarty said the Red Wings were overpowered.

Lightning 4, Canadiens 3, OT

MONTREAL Brad Richards and the Tampa Bay Lightning stole the thunder from the Montreal Canadiens and all but knocked them out of the playoffs.

Richards scored his second goal of the game 1:05 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 win Tuesday night over Montreal and lift the Lightning to a 3-0 lead in the second-round playoff series.

With one more victory, the Lightning will reach the conference finals for the first time in their 12-year NHL history. That could come as early as Thursday night with Game 4 in Montreal.

Vincent Lecavalier scored his fifth goal of the series with 16.5 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Richards, who scored his second goal of the playoffs to put Tampa Bay up 2-1 in the second, got his own rebound and banked a shot from behind the goal line off the left skate of goalie Jose Theodore and into the net for the winner.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves, and Cory Stillman scored a short-handed goal for Tampa Bay.

Montreal rookie Michael Ryder scored his first goal of the playoffs midway through the third, and Patrice Brisebois put the Canadiens up 3-2 when he scored off a faceoff at 16:13.

The Lightning have won two playoff series in their history, one in each of the last two years, but have never advanced with a sweep.

Lecavalier, who scored four goals in the first two games of the series, forced overtime when he stuck his stick through his legs to redirect Dave Andreychuk's pass behind Theodore at 19:43.

The enthusiastic sellout crowd let out a stunned gasp as Lecavalier banged his stick against the glass behind the net while Richards joined him in celebration.

NHL scoring champion Martin St. Louis and Lecavalier, both Montreal natives, had plenty of family and friends in attendance, though they had little chance being heard over the partisan crowd.

The Canadiens came out aggressively in the first period when referees Paul Devorski and Rob Shick handed out 34 minutes in penalties including nine minors against Montreal.

Stillman scored on his second straight breakaway chance 58 seconds into the Canadiens' second power play of the game, 8:41 into the middle period.

The Canadiens tied it on the same power play when Alex Kovalev scored his sixth goal of the playoffs 52 seconds later.

Richards quieted the crowd again when he put a point shot past Theodore on a power play at 12:24.

Ryder, the league's rookie scoring leader during the season, scored his first goal in 10 playoff games 10:32 into third to tie it at 2.

Brisebois gave the Canadiens' hope of getting back into the series when he beat Khabibulin with 2:47 left on a shot from the right boards after Jim Dowd won a faceoff in Tampa Bay's zone.

Notes: Lightning D Dan Boyle was in the lineup two days after leaving Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory in Game 2 with an upper-body injury. ... Montreal is 0-3 in overtime in the playoffs. The Canadiens lost Games 2 and 4 of their first-round series against Boston.



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