CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Martin St. Louis turned in a dazzling
offensive display in the city where he began his NHL career.
St. Louis, who split his first two NHL seasons between the
Flames and the minors, has 22 goals this season.
"It's nice to do it in the city you used to play, obviously,
but I've moved on and I'm trying to help my own team win," St.
Louis said. "Tonight was one of those nights where things were
bouncing the right way."
It was the second hat trick of the season for St. Louis and
third of his career. The four points matched a career high set
earlier this season against Montreal.
Brad Richards, Tim Taylor, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for
the Lightning, and Vincent Lecavalier had three assists. With just
one regulation loss in 10 games, Tampa Bay has opened up a six
point lead over Atlanta atop the Southeast Division.
"It's so much easier to have success individually when the
team's playing so well," St. Louis said. "Everybody's very
confident right now and we're all feeding off that."
Calgary led 1-0 when St. Louis tied it during a power play with
41 seconds left in the first period.
St. Louis fired a slap shot that seemed to fool goaltender Roman
Turek, who was beaten inside the post on his glove side.
Turek also looked shaky on the go-ahead goal by St. Louis at
6:09 of the second.
Lecavalier intercepted a Calgary pass inside the Flames blue
line and slid a pass to St. Louis at the side of the net. His pass
attempt across the crease was steered by Turek's stick into his own
"I think he'd like to have the first two back," Flames coach
Darryl Sutter said. "The first, the power-play goal on the St.
Louis shot is a bad goal, he's got to have that. On the second
goal, too, he was guessing. He was reading pass and he misplayed
After Gelinas briefly tied it for Calgary 2-2 at 9:34, Richards
scored the eventual game-winner two minutes later.
St. Louis set up Taylor's goal at 14:50 before he capped his
three-goal game at 18:20. He made it 5-2 off another setup from
"They have a lot of skill, there's no doubt, but you can't give
up two-on-ohs, three-on-ones, two-on-ones and let them do what they
want," Flames center Craig Conroy said.
St. Louis has seven goals and five assists in six games.
"Turnovers are something every team thrives on, we have a
pretty quick counter team and we create a lot of our chances that
way," St. Louis said.
After giving up four goals on 14 shots in that second period,
Turek was loudly jeered by the hom fans each time he made a save.
"There's three or four of our top guys, and they're very
popular players, that have to pick their games up," Sutter said.
"You look at tonight's game and what their top four forwards did
compared to the top forwards on our team."
Turek was making his fifth start in a row after missing three
months due to knee surgery. He made 23 saves.
John Grahame stopped 18 shots.
The Flames have allowed only one short-handed goal, best in
the NHL. ... Tampa Bay has lost a league-low 15 man games to
injury. Calgary has lost 175. ... Lightning D Darren Rumble was a
healthy scratch for the 21st game in a row. ... The Flames dropped
to 18-4-1-1 when they score first. ... Calgary leads the NHL with
49 fighting majors. In games with a fight, the Flames are 15-8-2-2.