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Forward torches Calgary

Published Aug. 27, 2005

Just in case Flames fans didn't realize what they are missing, Martin St. Louis showed them.

The Lightning right wing, dumped by the Flames in the summer of 2000, had three goals and an assist Saturday night in a 6-2 rout of Calgary at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

St. Louis' third career hat trick and second in six games included two of Tampa Bay's four second-period goals that broke open a 1-1 tie.

Brad Richards and Tim Taylor also scored in the period and Ruslan Fedotenko scored in the third.

Taylor had a goal and two assists in the game. Richards had a goal and an assist.

Vinny Lecavalier tied a career high with three assists, and goalie John Grahame made 18 saves to win his seventh game in his past nine starts. He also is 9-1-1 on the road.

The Lightning, 8-2-0-2 in its past 12 games, is 2-0-0-1 on its four-game road trip that ends Tuesday against the Penguins, who are on a seven-game home losing streak.

Tampa Bay's 55 points are six better than the second-place Thrashers in the Southeast with two games in hand. But the story was St. Louis.

The All-Star starter has team highs of 22 goals and 27 assists, and has 16 goals and 12 assists in his past 20 games.

For the second consecutive season, St. Louis scored his 20th goal against his former team.

The Flames took a 1-0 lead on Dean McAmmond's power play goal with 9:40 left in the first period. The sequence began with Grahame's save on Dean McAmmond's backhander from in close.

Grahame did not sufficiently cover the puck and players continued to whack away. The puck finally popped out to McAmmond who had circled the net, was standing outside the fray and put the puck over Grahame, who was on the ice.

The Lightning had a great chance to tie the score on the power play, but Dmitry Afanasenkov missed an open net.

Lecavalier began the first play with a big slap shot from the slot that went wide and bounced off the back boards to Afanasenkov, whose backhander hit the post with goalie Roman Turek out of position.

St. Louis scored a huge goal when he tied the score on the power play with 40.4 seconds remaining on a snap shot from the slot.

St. Louis put the Lightning ahead 6:09 into the second period on a fluky goal that began with a good play by Lecavalier. The center took advantage of a Flames turnover in the offensive zone, carried the puck from the high slot and feed St. Louis to Turek's right.

St. Louis redirected the puck, which hit Turek's stick and deflected in between his legs.

Martin Gelinas tied the score at 9:34 remaining off a two-on-none. Grahame's right-leg save on Gelinas, who was at the side of the net and deflected Shean Donovan's pass, was extraordinary. But Gelinas was able to flip the rebound past the fallen goalie.

Richards put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with 8:26 left when he deposited a rebound of Dan Boyle's shot. Boyle showed patience by holding the puck before taking his shot.

It was 4-2 with 5:10 left when Taylor ripped a shot past Turek at the end of a three-on-one. St. Louis got the assist but also started the play at the Lightning blue line with a block.

St. Louis finished the hat trick with 1:40 left off Lecavalier's perfect feed.