The Calgary Flames visited the St. Petersburg Time Forum on Thursday for the first time since their narrow loss in Game Seven of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals.
The reunion with the Tampa Bay Lightning proved to be another exciting affair, as the Flames walked away with a 9-6 victory—their third straight win on a six-game road trip.
Captain Jarome Iginla and Kristian Huselius netted three goals apiece for the Flames in a back-and-forth game. Iginla scored all three of his goals in the third period for his sixth career hat-trick; Huselius’ was his first.
Dion Phaneuf was also an important contributor for the Flames, assisting on five of the nine Calgary goals.
The Lightning, to their credit, refused to let the Flames run away with the win. Martin St. Louis led the way for Tampa with two goals, while Vincent Lecavalier, Andre Roy, Vaclav Prospal, and Brad Richards all tallied scores of their own.
In goal, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff faced 37 shots on the night. Marc Denis relieved Johan Holmqvist for Tampa after Holmqvist allowed four goals on just six shots.
Calgary's Cory Sarich played in his 420th consecutive game, and is now the NHL's reigning Iron Man after Vancouver's Brendan Morrison saw his 542-game streak come to an end.
The Flames will look to keep their perfect road trip alive in Carolina, where they face Rod Brind’Amour and the Hurricanes.
Carolina is coming off a 6-0 loss on Wednesday in a one-sided tilt against the Ottawa Senators.