Tampa Bay at Calgary

Calgary's Bourque posts three points against Lightning

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames will need to string together a bunch of wins if they want to get back into the Western Conference playoff race.

Rene Bourque had the winning goal and two assists Tuesday night, and the Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.

Bourque had only two assists in four games before Tuesday.

"We've got to keep this going," Bourque said. "If we are not putting a few wins together and we are just kind of staying at the bottom, we're not really moving and we're not really catching anybody. We're still close and we have time, but we can't just keep saying next game, next game."

Cory Sarich, Tom Kostopoulos and Jarome Iginla also scored for the Flames, who are 14th in the West -- four points behind eighth-place Los Angeles.

Bourque and Iginla, who are tied for the team lead with 12 goals each, scored in the same game for the first time since Calgary beat San Jose 4-0 on Oct. 24.

"If we're both scoring that means both lines are playing well and our top six forwards are getting the job done and producing. That's what we need," Bourque said. "If we can keep this going together, and more often, I'm sure it's going to result in more wins."

Johan Harju and Ryan Malone had goals for the Lightning, who beat Colorado 6-5 at home on Saturday.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22 shots. Dan Ellis made 15 saves for Tampa Bay.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher was displeased with his team's effort, especially in the first period when the Flames took a 2-0 lead.

"It's extremely disappointing," Boucher said. "To me it's a wasted first period. Even if we do come back, it doesn't excuse our first period and it doesn't make us worthy of winning this game."

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos was held without a goal for the sixth straight game. He scored 21 goals in his first 22 games. Stamkos has also gone three games without a point.

Stamkos said the Lightning have to force their opponents to take penalties to be successful. Tampa Bay had just two power plays against Calgary and failed to score on either.

"We haven't been really generating a lot of power plays especially on the road," he said. "It's something that obviously is part of our game plan that we're not doing. We're not getting first on the puck. We're not forcing them to take penalties. That's costing us by not getting on the power play that much."

The Flames took a 1-0 lead at 7:21 of the opening period when Sarich fired a point shot past Ellis for his first of the season. Calgary forward Tim Jackman screened Ellis on the play.

Kostopoulos put the Flames up 2-0 soon after when he swatted a loose puck at the side of the net past Ellis. Defenseman Mark Giordano took the initial shot from the point that Bourque tipped off the back boards. The puck came out front to Kostopoulos, who recorded his first point with the Flames in 11 games since being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's nice when it comes from somebody else, so our guys that are doing all the scoring don't have to do it all the time," Sarich said. "Usually when you can get some outside help from unusual sources things tend to work in your favor."

Bourque gave Calgary a 3-0 lead at 4:43 of the second when he cruised into the slot and converted a feed from Curtis Glencross to finish off a three-way passing play.

The Lightning rallied with goals by Harju, the first of his NHL career, and Malone before the end of the second period. Harju snapped a shot that found its way through Kiprusoff's legs. Malone parked himself beside the net before swatting a pass from Nate Thompson into the top corner.

"We didn't crack, we stayed with it," Calgary coach Brent Sutter said. "They've got a quick team and they come at you really hard."

The Lightning nearly tied it early in the third period, but Kiprusoff stood his ground to stop a wraparound attempt by Thompson before denying Martin St. Louis on the rebound attempt.

Iginla then put the game away when he one-timed a pass from Jay Bouwmeester past Ellis during a power play.

Notes

  • Sarich went 25 games since scoring his last goal, the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Colorado in Denver on April 2. It was his only goal last season.
  • Calgary D Steve Staios missed the game because of an upper body injury.
  • D Adam Pardy got back into the lineup after missing 25 games because of a dislocated shoulder.
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Miikka Kiprusoff finds the puck to grab it while Brendan Morrison defends Sean Bergenheim. (AP)
Miikka Kiprusoff finds the puck to grab it while Brendan Morrison defends Sean Bergenheim. (AP)

Scoreboard
Tampa Bay (15-10-3)0202
Calgary  (12-14-2) «2114
Three Stars
R. Bourque
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
C. Sarich
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Malone
TB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:21 - Cory Sarich (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Pardy, Morrison
13:46 - Tom Kostopoulos (2), Tip-In. Assist: Bourque, Giordano
2ND PERIOD
04:43 - Rene Bourque (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Glencross, Backlund
08:35 - Johan Harju (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kubina, Jones
19:00 - Ryan Malone (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Thompson, Hedman
3RD PERIOD
08:42Power Play - Jarome Iginla (12), Slap Shot. Assist: Bouwmeester, Bourque
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
56.0Clark, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
09:47Bouwmeester, 2 min, Interference
16:18Kubina, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
49.0Regehr, 2 min, Interference
06:39Thompson, 2 min, Interference
08:29Hall, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
TB107724
CGY76619
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dan Ellis58:17154
Miikka Kiprusoff60:00222
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Tom Kowal, Tim Peel
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Don Henderson
 
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