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By JOHN C. COTEY
Published June 1, 2004

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Khabibulin and Corey Stillman stave off the attempt of Calgary's Jarome Iginla.
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STANLEY CUP FINALS AT A GLANCE:
Click on each score for the main story from each game
Best-of-7
(Lightning wins series 4-3)
Tuesday [5/25]: Calgary 4, Tampa Bay 1
Thursday [5/27]: Tampa Bay 4, Calgary 1
Saturday [5/29]: Calgary 3, Tampa Bay 0
Monday [5/31]: Tampa Bay 1, Calgary 0

SORE POINT: Reporter Erin Andrews was struggling with apparent laryngitis, but ABC did her no favors by having her report on the status of Ruslan Fedotenko from rinkside as Calgary was being introduced. It was almost impossible to make out her report. She was drowned out again in the second period while filing a report from the stands.

FISH TALE: Play was stopped when play-by-play man Gary Thorne matter-of-factly told us "a piece of fish had to be picked up off the ice."

NEGATIVE VIBE: Studio co-host Barry Melrose apparently wasn't thrilled with the Lightning's play, criticizing Fredrik Modin in the opening, saying the team wasn't looking to shoot enough, highlighting a play Brad Richards played wrong, and between the second and third periods taking the power play to task. He still had venom left for Calgary's Ville Nieminen and his five-minute major that dampened the Flames' comeback hopes.

WHICH ONE?: Sam Ryan reported on a vintage stick Dave Andreychuk keeps in his locker for good luck, but the cameras showed two sticks and never zoomed in on the correct one, leaving viewers to figure it out.

OVERLOOKED: Maybe hockey is a different beast, but not much was made of Fedotenko's absence, or Pavel Kubina's. How about some isolation of the replacements, or a reminder/graphic of how much the Lightning was missing?

OVERTAXED: Great shot of Jassen Cullimore bent over, then visibly sucking air after a shift chasing Jarome Iginla.

RARITY: ABC was on top of the game's interesting fact: Calgary hadn't lost 1-0 since Jan. 9, 2003.

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