Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Lightning bolt past Canadiens in OT

The Associated Press

MONTREAL - Brad Richards and the Tampa Bay Lightning stole the thunder from the Montreal Canadiens and all but knocked them out of the playoffs.

Richards scored his second goal of the game 1:05 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 win Tuesday night over Montreal and lift the Lightning to a 3-0 lead in the second-round playoff series.

With one more victory, the Lightning will reach the conference finals for the first time in their 12-year NHL history. That could come as early as Thursday night with Game 4 in Montreal.

Vincent Lecavalier scored his fifth goal of the series with 16.5 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Richards, who scored his second goal of the playoffs to put Tampa Bay up 2-1 in the second, got his own rebound and banked a shot from behind the goal line off the left skate of goalie Jose Theodore and into the net for the winner. Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves, and Cory Stillman scored a short-handed goal for Tampa Bay.

Montreal rookie Michael Ryder scored his first goal of the playoffs midway through the third, and Patrice Brisebois put the Canadiens 3-2 when he scored off a faceoff at 16:13.

Tampa Bay0211-4

First Period-None. Penalties-Lecavalier, TB (roughing), :40; Markov, Mon (roughing), :40; Pratt, TB (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:09; Langdon, Mon (roughing), 3:09; Souray, Mon (elbowing), 3:09; Roy, TB (roughing), 11:54; Perrin, TB, double minor (roughing), 11:54; Komisarek, Mon, double minor (roughing), 11:54; Souray, Mon, double minor (roughing), 11:54; Lecavalier, TB, double minor (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:09; Markov, Mon (slashing), 13:09; Koivu, Mon (hooking), 13:42; Roy, TB (hooking), 18:18.

Second Period-1, Tampa Bay, Stillman 1 (Kubina, Taylor), 8:41 (sh). 2, Montreal, Kovalev 6 (Markov, Rivet), 9:33 (pp). 3, Tampa Bay, Richards 2 (St. Louis), 12:24 (pp). Penalties-Fedotenko, TB (high-sticking), 7:43; Sundstrom, Mon (high-sticking), 11:50; Dingman, TB, misconduct, 12:58; Ribeiro, Mon, misconduct, 12:58.

Third Period-4, Montreal, Ryder 1 (Rivet), 10:32. 5, Montreal, Brisebois 2 (Dowd), 16:13. 6, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 5 (Andreychuk, St. Louis), 19:43.

Overtime-7, Tampa Bay, Richards 3 (Modin), 1:05.

Shots on goal-TB 8-7-10-3-28. Mon 7-14-10-0-31. Power-play opportunities-TB 1 of 4; Montreal 1 of 2. Goalies-TB, Khabibulin 7-1-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Mon, Theodore 4-6-0 (28-24). A-21,273 (21,273). T-2:41.

Flames 3, Red Wings 2

CALGARY, Alberta - Jarome Iginla scored a power-play goal and Martin Gelinas had two assists, leading Calgary over Detroit in Game 3 of the second-round playoff series.

The Flames lead the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series 2-1. Calgary, which won the series opener in Detroit, will host Game 4 on Thursday.

Stephane Yelle and Shean Donovan also scored for the Flames.

Robert Lang and Jiri Fischer scored for the Red Wings.

Detroit outshot Calgary 12-5 in the third period but couldn't get the tying goal past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Red Wings played without veteran defenseman Chris Chelios, who was injured Saturday.

The Flames escaped from a wild, five-goal second period with a 3-2 lead.


First Period-None. Penalties-Dandenault, Det (interference), 4:58; Schneider, Det (high-sticking), 8:53; Hatcher, Det (hooking), 13:22.

Second Period-1, Detroit, Lang 4 (McCarty, Shanahan), 1:17. 2, Calgary, Yelle 2 (Gelinas, Clark), 3:38. 3, Calgary, Iginla 6 (Gelinas, Lombardi), 5:46 (pp). 4, Detroit, Fischer 1 (Hull, Datsyuk), 11:44. 5, Calgary, Donovan 3 (Nilson, Nieminen), 12:24. Penalties-Fischer, Det (roughing), 4:47; Ference, Cal (roughing), 15:21.

Third Period-None. Penalty-Regehr, Cal (roughing), 3:14.

Shots on goal-Detroit 6-11-12-29. Calgary 10-12-5-27.

Power-play Opportunities-Detroit 0 of 2; Calgary 1 of 4.

Goalies-Detroit, Joseph 3-2 (27 shots-24 saves). Calgary, Kiprusoff 6-4 (29-27).

A-19,289 (17,409). T-2:20.

Referees-Bill McCreary, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen-Dan Schachte, Mark Wheler.

Stanley Cup playoffs

Sunday's games

Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 1

Philadelphia 2, Toronto 1

Monday's game

San Jose 1, Colorado 0

Tuesday's games

Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 3, OT; Tampa Bay leads series 3-0

Calgary 3, Detroit 2; Calgary leads series 2-1

Today's games

Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.; Philadelphia leads series 2-0

San Jose at Colorado, 10 p.m.; San Jose leads series 3-0

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