|CGY||1||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|TBL||1||3||0||1||(0 - 0)||5|
Stamkos scored 30 seconds into overtime, taking a pass from Brewer at the side of the net and tapping one home past Miikka Kiprusoff to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 win at the St. Pete Times Forum on Thursday night.
“I thought we played real strong,” Stamkos said. “We made sure we got the one point at least, and then it was nice getting two points in the end. Hopefully this is the start of something good.”
The game-winner was the Lightning forward’s 19th of the season and pulled him into a tie for the NHL goal-scoring lead with Ottawa wing Milan Michalek. He now has points in 12 of the Lightning’s 13 home games on the year.
“We’re looking for wins and we’re looking for points,” Brewer said.
“We’ve felt we’ve been playing better, but sometimes it doesn’t show on the score sheet. It’s tough to show that, but tonight we found a way to win.”
Calgary got goals from Matt Stajan, Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Olli Jokinen. The Flames are 6-3-1 over their past 10 games.
The Flames rebounded from a two-goal deficit in the third period when Bourque beat Mathieu Garon through the legs to finish off a breakaway nearly 60 seconds in, shortly before Jokinen tied it at four with 3:12 left in regulation off a redirect from Alex Tanguay’s pass at the side of the net.
“Those were difficult for a team lacking confidence in these moments,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher added. “But the only way to get confidence is by actually getting those results. If you stick with it, it will pay off.”
Garon, appearing in his fifth consecutive game, stopped 23 of 27 shots on the night.
The back-and-forth scoring affair started early when a power-play goal credited to Purcell put Tampa Bay up 1-0 in the opening minutes after a centering feed deflected off a skate in front and past Kiprusoff at 5:11.
Stajan evened things up with a tap-in at the front of the crease that beat Garon to send a 1-1 tie into the break.
Calgary went ahead 2-1 at 1:57 of the second when Iginla, parked near the top of the left circle, slammed home a one-timer just as a penalty carried over from the first period expired.
After Pyatt drew Tampa Bay even at 9:50 of the middle frame, Malone broke a 2-2 tie to re-establish the Lightning’s one-goal advantage. He took a pass from Stamkos near the left hash marks and one-timed a shot from his knee that found the back of the net for his seventh of the season.
The consecutive strikes by Tampa Bay just 1:55 apart overshadowed an equally strong defensive effort at the other end. Following Iginla’s goal, the Flames didn’t muster a single shot on goal for over 14 minutes, a span in which the Lightning managed 13 shots of their own against Kiprusoff.
Kiprusoff made 29 saves for Calgary, which fell for just the second time in six games.
“It’s disappointing,” Stajan said of the defeat. “We played well at times, and we made mistakes that we can’t make at times, and they capitalized.”
Thompson’s attempt a centering feed late in the second banked off Flames defenseman Chris Butler for Tampa Bay’s fourth goal of the night, while halting a personal 20-game goalless drought in the process.The second frame marked the first time since Nov. 26 that the Lightning scored three unanswered goals in a single period.
“Tonight was big,” Garon said. “I think we really battled hard. We kept showing life and found a way to win.”
|PPG - Teddy Purcell (6) Tip-in - ASST: Steve Downie (4), Dominic Moore (8)|
1 - 0 TBL
|Matt Stajan (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Jackman (5), Tom Kostopoulos (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Jarome Iginla (12) Slapshot - ASST: Olli Jokinen (14), Jay Bouwmeester (10)|
2 - 1 CGY
|Tom Pyatt (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Shannon (5), Blair Jones (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Ryan Malone (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Steven Stamkos (16), Victor Hedman (3)|
3 - 2 TBL
|Nate Thompson (3) Tip-in - ASST: Dana Tyrell (4), Victor Hedman (4)|
4 - 2 TBL
|Rene Bourque (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Smith (5)|
4 - 3 TBL
|PPG - Olli Jokinen (9) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Tanguay (15), Derek Smith (6)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Steven Stamkos (19) Tip-in - ASST: Eric Brewer (8), Steve Downie (5)|
5 - 4 TBL
|Olli Jokinen Hooking against Steven Stamkos|
|Jay Bouwmeester Hooking against Blair Jones|
|Teddy Purcell Interference on goalkeeper against Miikka Kiprusoff|
|Matt Gilroy Cross checking against Brendan Morrison|
|Dominic Moore Hooking against Jay Bouwmeester|
|Victor Hedman Slashing against Blake Comeau|
|SA: 34||TOI: 60:19|
|Saves: 29||EV: 29 - 33|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .853||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 27||TOI: 60:30|
|Saves: 23||EV: 16 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .852||SH: 1 - 1|