Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bourque's 3 points lift Flames over Lightning

CALGARY, Alberta -Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists in the Calgary Flames' 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Cory Sarich, Tom Kostopoulos and Jarome Iginla also scored for the Flames.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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