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Published May 30, 2004

FLAMING SLANT: Yes, the game was played in Calgary, where fans wear Ronald McDonald wigs and green hard hats. No, there hasn't been a Stanley Cup final in Canada in 10 years.

But was that any reason for ABC to give the Lightning second billing before Game 3?

The opening was so Flames-centric ("In their way is the Tampa Bay Lightning," Gary Thorne allowed), even studio analyst Barry Melrose was moved to mention the omission of regular-season scoring leader Martin St. Louis.

WHAT'S THAT? The pregame and postgame comments were virtually inaudible over the music and chants of "Go, Flames, Go!" that filled the Saddledome.

ON POINT: Analyst Bill Clement described how Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr held Ruslan Fedotenko's arm, preventing Fedotenko from protecting himself as he was driven face-first into the boards in the third period. Clement rightly pointed out that the play could have resulted in a holding penalty, but was not dirty.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Sam Ryan reported that several Lightning players received oxygen between periods to recover from playing at a higher altitude.

KID GLOVES: The broadcast team shied away from describing the role the Lightning's Darryl Sydor and Vinny Lecavalier played in the Flames' two second-period goals. Sydor was knocked down by Jarome Iginla at the blue line, leading to Chris Simon's power-play goal, and Lecavalier's pass from behind the Calgary net sprung Shean Donovan for a two-on-one that culminated with Donovan's goal.

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