Bolts Strike Back

May 31, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Brad Richards scored a power-play goal in the first period and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped all shots for the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Calgary Flames 1-0 to tie the Stanley Cup finals one game apiece.

"I have to stay focused no matter what. It was nice that we got the first goal," Khabibulin said. "We didn't get any more, but that was enough to win."

"You just hope to score goals and change momentum of the game and help your team out," Richards said. "You don't know if they're going to be game-winners, you have no control over that when you score a goal early in the game."

"We had the chances, but we shot wide or shot into him," Calgary right wing Chris Clark said. "He did make a big save here or there, but we didn't give him as big a test as we need to."

Game Five is on Thursday in Tampa.

"We found a way to get it done, and that's the most important thing," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "Ugly as hell, but we found a way."

"We can definitely play better and their level is going to be higher," Richards said. "For tonight it's satisfying. It's a whole new ballgame tomorrow."

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