CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin hasn't
had much help, so he helps himself.
Khabibulin made 28 saves Wednesday night as the Lightning
snapped a six-game road winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the
Khabibulin improved to 11-11-3 while lowering his goals-against
average to 1.86 and increasing his save percentage to .940.
The 28-year-old Russian has a 0.79 GAA and a .974 save
percentage this month, but plays for one of just two NHL teams that
averages less than two goals a game.
The Lightning had scored just five goals in their previous six
"It seems that these days, most of the time when your team
scores three goals, you're going to win," Khabibulin said.
Dean McAmmond scored the only goal for Calgary, which lost three
out of four on its homestand and now heads on a six-game road trip.
"It's nice to get three goals again, we haven't done that in
quite a while," Richards said. "Nikolai's been there for us all
year, we're just not giving him the support we need to give him. We
did tonight and that is why we got the two points."
Calgary did not play nearly as intensely as it did Monday night
in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
"We certainly didn't get the job done tonight, that's pretty
obvious," Flames assistant coach Brad McCrimmon said. "One of the
biggest things we didn't do was shoot the puck. We'd get to the top
of the circle and try to make an extra play and when you do that
you make turnovers.
"You have got to get up for anybody in this league. Obviously
anyone can beat you on any given night, we proved that tonight."
Richards put the Lightning ahead 1-0 on a first-period power
play and Andreychuk padded Tampa Bay's lead to 2-0 at 6:31 of the
Calgary backup goalie Kay Whitmore looked several times and,
despite stopping Jason Cullimore's long shot, mishandled the
rebound as he fell. Taylor was able to score easily with the
The Flames lost three out of four games on their homestand and
are on the road for their next six games.
Injuries to goalies Roman Turek (knee) and Mike Vernon (groin)
forced Calgary to start Whitmore in goal and Tampa Bay took full
advantage. Whitmore has just one NHL win to his credit in seven
Whitmore had been 1-8-2 in his previous 10 starts spread over
seven seasons -- two coming last season and eight back in 1994-95.
In between, Whitmore was out of the NHL for five years including
one season spent in Sweden.
The last time Whitmore saw regular NHL duty was in 1993-94 when
he went 18-14-0 with Vancouver.
Calgary is hopeful Turek will be ready a game in Dallas on
Several Flames forwards are in prolonged goal-scoring
slumps: Clarke Wilm (20 games), Dave Lowry (17), Chris Clark (14),
Marc Savard (12) and Ron Petrovicky (12). ... Calgary coach Greg
Gilbert served the final game of the two-game suspension he
received for his role in the fight-filled game Saturday against