Lightning Strike In OT

Apr 27, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Brad Richards scored 1:05 into overtime giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and a three games to none lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"It's a scenario that you lie in bed and dream about when you're a kid," Richards said. "It's unbelievable. An overtime goal in the playoffs is great anywhere, but to do it in Montreal, it's just so much fun."

Montreal came close to winning the game by holding the lead in the third period until Vincent Lecavalier scored with 16.5 seconds remaining in regulation.

"This is my home and I knew a lot of my family and friends were at the game," said Lecavalier, who lives in Montreal during the offseason. "I had butterflies, but I stayed focused. I can't believe I scored that goal."

"It's frustrating, we were just 17 seconds away from getting back in this series," Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said. "I can't explain it. We gave everything we could."

Flames Take Lead
Jarome Iginla, Stephane Yelle and Shean Donovan each scored and the Calgary Flames beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 to take a two games to one lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

"I think our line created more chances," Iginla said. "I thought we were skating a little bit better. We were trying to concentrate as a group and a line. We had more chances, and hopefully we can create more the next game."

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