Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning beats Calgary Flames 5-4 in overtime

TAMPA — As wide open as he was and despite a direct lane to the net, Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer said his inclination was not to shoot — not with teammate Steven Stamkos open in front.

"When you have a guy like that going to the back door," Brewer said, "I don't think anyone is going to shoot unless the goalie is all the way down, which he wasn't."

So Brewer fed Stamkos for the goal 30 seconds into overtime that gave the Lightning a 5-4 victory over the Flames on Thursday night at the St. Pete Times Forum.

It was Stamkos' 19th goal, which tied him for the league lead, and let Tampa Bay avoid what would have been a crushing defeat.

The Lightning (13-16-2), losers of seven of nine, lost a two-goal lead in a third period in which it was outshot 13-5. That after a dominant second period in which it outshot Calgary 18-5 and scored three times to take a 4-2 lead.

"When you're struggling to get wins," Stamkos said, "you take them any way you can."

Teddy Purcell scored his first goal in 17 games. Tom Pyatt, Ryan Malone and Nate Thompson scored in the second period.

Victor Hedman and Steve Downie each had two assists as did Calgary defenseman Chris Butler, who deflected shots by Purcell and Thompson past his own goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff.

But Hedman's slashing penalty led to Olli Jokinen's power-play goal that tied the score with 3:12 left in the third. Rene Bourque's breakaway, after a miscommunication between Brett Clark and Malone, made it 4-3 58 seconds into the period.

"We sat back," Stamkos said. "We got out of focus and the structure we had the first two periods when we got pucks in deep and didn't turn the puck over. When you're confident as a team and you're in those positions, you keep going. Right now, we're a little fragile, and that showed. We have to correct that."

A crisp winning goal should help.

Pavel Kubina, from behind his net, passed to Stamkos breaking down ice.

"He gave it to me right up the middle, which I think caught them off guard," Stamkos said.

Downie, in the offensive zone, passed cross-ice to Brewer, who gave it to Stamkos in front.

"I just wanted to make sure I got a stick or a skate on it or something," Stamkos said. "It was a great play by everyone involved."

And a sign of good things to come, Lightning coach Guy Boucher said:

"I've been one of those fools that believes our team has done really well the last 10 games and if you keep on doing it and stick with it, it's going to pay off in the end.

"Tonight, it paid off, so it's very positive."

Lightning 1 2 0 1 5
Flames 1 1 2 0 4
Lightning 1 2 0 1 5
Flames 1 1 2 0 4

First Period1, Tampa Bay, Purcell 6 (Downie, Moore), 5:11 (pp). 2, Calgary, Stajan 1 (Jackman, Kostopoulos), 19:27. PenaltiesJokinen, Cal (hooking), 3:30; Bouwmeester, Cal (hooking), 13:17; Purcell, TB (goaltender interference), 13:17; Gilroy, TB (cross-checking), 16:46; Moore, TB (hooking), 19:55.

Second Period3, Calgary, Iginla 12 (Jokinen, Bouwmeester), 1:57. 4, Tampa Bay, Pyatt 3 (Shannon, Jones), 10:10. 5, Tampa Bay, Malone 7 (Stamkos, Hedman), 12:05. 6, Tampa Bay, Thompson 3 (Tyrell, Hedman), 19:26. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period7, Calgary, Bourque 10 (D.Smith), :58. 8, Calgary, Jokinen 9 (Tanguay, D.Smith), 16:48 (pp). PenaltiesHedman, TB (slashing), 15:06.

Overtime9, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 19 (Brewer, Downie), :30. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalCalgary 9-5-13-0—27. Tampa Bay 10-18-5-1—34. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 1 of 3; Tampa Bay 1 of 1. GoaliesCalgary, Kiprusoff 14-10-2 (34 shots-29 saves). Tampa Bay, Garon 7-8-1 (27-23). A17,241 (19,204).

Tampa Bay Lightning beats Calgary Flames 5-4 in overtime 12/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 12:09am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Hard to believe NFL overtime change is about player safety


    If someone's house was engulfed in flames, would you hand him a fire extinguisher?

    Of course not.

    Fans await the beginning of overtime between the Patriots and Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February. [Associated Press]
  2. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)


    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  3. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  4. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  5. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.