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The goaltending was once again outstanding, with Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin and Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff matching each other with seven saves in a scoreless third period. Khabibulin turned away seven more in overtime to get the win. Khabibulin is now 7-0 this season in games following a playoff loss.
Each team also did a great job on the other's stars. Calgary captain Jarome Iginla managed just two shots in over 30 minutes of ice time, while Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis of Tampa Bay combined for just three shots. Ultimately it was St. Louis who was able to break through, getting the game-winning goal 33 seconds into the second overtime with his only shot of the game.
You have to think the momentum now swings back in Tampa Bay's favor heading home for Game 7.
That being said, Game 6 was an awesome hockey game. The Lightning's Brad Richards was fantastic again, scoring Tampa Bay's first two goals on the power play and making his presence felt in overtime by being on the ice for Martin St. Louis' game-winner. How ironic was it that Jarome Iginla, Calgary's best player, failed to get the puck up the wall and out of the Flames' zone just before St. Louis ended the game?
Tampa Bay has to look at the tape from this game and try to repeat everything it did against Iginla, who was not the big factor we're used to seeing. As for Calgary, Game 6 was not a consistent effort. The Flames were not as solid as usual in the all-around game, but they did have some chances to win. They could not get it done, though, and we're headed to Game 7 for all the marbles. It doesn't get any more exciting than that.