The Calgary Flames came out faster and stronger than the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night, scoring early and often to earn a 4-1 win in Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. With the win, Calgary takes a 1-0 lead in the series and Tampa Bay loses their home-ice advantage.
Martin Gelinas, one of Calgary’s postseason heroes thus far, opened the game’s scoring just 3:02 into the game. Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla scored shorthanded with under five minutes remaining in the second period to put Calgary up by two. Less than three minutes later, Stephane Yelle gave Calgary a three-goal lead.
Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis scored a power play goal early in the third period to put the Lightning on the board but it wasn’t enough.
Calgary’s Chris Simon scored while the Flames had a two-man advantage in the final minute of the game to close out the scoring.
It is the third time this postseason that the Flames have won Game One of a series.
Game Two is Thursday night in Tampa.