Series (Game 1 of 1)

Calgary leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, January 2nd

Lightning 1

(17-14-3, 42 pts)

Flames 4

(12-18-3, 33 pts)

9:00 PM ET, January 2, 2003

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
TB 0 0 11
CGY 3 0 14

C. Drury (Flames - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

S. Yelle (Flames - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

O. Saprykin (Flames - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Flames score three power-play goals in first period

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Jarome Iginla thinks the Calgary Flames played like a contender -- at least for one night.

Jarome Iginla

Iginla scored twice, and the Calgary Flames rode three power-play goals in the first period to a 4-1 victory Thursday night over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Chris Drury assisted on power-play goals by Martin Gelinas, Stephane Yelle and Iginla, who added an empty-netter in the final minute of the game. It was the first two-goal game of the season for last season's NHL goal-scoring leader.

"When you look at teams streaking, usually their power play and penalty killing are going really well,'' Iginla said. "Our penalty killing has been real solid, we just need our power play to continue like that. Games are so tight now, the difference can be one goal either way.''

The Flames were 1-for-34 over the last nine games before their outburst.

"At some point, your special teams need to win you hockey games,'' said Darryl Sutter, who improved to 2-0-1 since taking over as Flames coach last Saturday. Calgary is 12-18-6-3 overall.

Entering the game ranked last in the NHL in goals for and third-to-last on the power play, Calgary scored three time in the first period for the first time this season. "For some reason our penalty killing, which had been pretty good, just didn't get the job done,'' Lightning assistant coach Craig Ramsey said.

Goaltender Roman Turek made 25 saves in his 19th consecutive start to improve to 10-13-5.

Martin St. Louis got his 20th goal for Tampa Bay in the third period.

"We came out strong but their power-play definitely killed us,'' St. Louis said. "Down three goals after the first period, it's tough to play catch-up hockey in this league.''

Calgary opened the scoring 2:59 in. Drury's slap shot from the blue line was stopped by Nikolai Khabibulin, but the rebound went straight to Gelinas at the side, and he hit an open net.

A gritty individual effort by Yelle led to the Flames' second goal just over two minutes later. Yelle was stopped by Khabibulin on a wraparound attempt, but he continued to fight for the puck in a scramble and was able to whack a backhander over the fallen goaltender.

Calgary made it 3-0 at 18:10 when Drury set up Iginla.

The Lightning ruined Turek's shutout bid early in the third period when St. Louis jammed in a rebound on a power play.

Game notes

Khabibulin entered the game with a 14-1-2 career record against the Flames and a goals-against average of 1.97. ... Calgary C Rob Niedermayer is expected to return to the lineup Saturday night after missing 11 games with a knee injury. ... Flames C Mattias Johansson did not dress after suffering a head injury against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. His spot was taken by Scott Nichol, coming off a five-game suspension.

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