Flames earn 4-2 win over Lightning

Flames 4 Lightning 2 CALGARY — Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Lightning Johan Harju

Tampa Bay Lightning Johan Harju

Flames 4 Lightning 2

CALGARY — Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Tuesday.

Cory Sarich, Tom Kostopoulos and Jarome Iginla also scored for the Flames (12-14-2), who now play back-to-back games in California against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Johan Harju and Ryan Malone replied for the Lightning (15-10-3), who were coming off a wild 6-5 win over the Colorado Avalanche at home on Saturday.

Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22 shots, while Dan Ellis made 15 saves for Tampa Bay.

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos was held without a goal for the sixth straight game. He scored 21 goals in his first 22 games. Stamkos has also gone three games without a point.

The Flames opened the scoring at 7:21 of the first period when Sarich blasted a point shot past Ellis for his first goal of the season. Calgary forward Tim Jackman screened Ellis on the play.

Kostopoulos put the Flames up 2-0 a short time later when he swatted a loose puck at the side of the net past Ellis. Defenceman Mark Giordano took the initial shot from the point that Bourque tipped off the back boards out front to Kostopoulos, who recorded his first point as a Flame in 11 games since being acquired in a trade from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bourque gave Calgary a 3-0 lead at 4:43 of the second period when cruised into the slot and converted a feed from Glencross to finish off a nice three-way passing play.

The Lightning rallied with goals by Harju, the first of his NHL career, and Malone before the end of the second period. Harju snapped a shot that found its way through Kiprusoff’s legs, while Malone parked himself beside the net before swatting a pass from Nate Thompson into the top corner.

The Lightning nearly tied the game early in the third period but Kiprusoff stood his ground to stop a wraparound attempt by Thompson before denying Martin St. Louis on the rebound attempt.

Iginla then put the game away when he one-timed pass from Jay Bouwmeester past Ellis during a Calgary power play.

NOTES: Sarich went 25 games since scoring his last goal, the game-winner in a 2-1 triumph for the Flames over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on April 2, 2010. It was his lone goal of the 2009-10 campaign …. Calgary defenceman Steve Staios missed the game with an upper-body injury, while blue-liner Adam Pardy drew back into the lineup after missing the past 25 contests with a dislocated shoulder.

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