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By PETE YOUNG
Published June 8, 2004

[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]

GREAT INFORMATION: Gary Thorne, Bill Clement and John Davidson dispensed key nuggets throughout, and ABC was sharp with relevant graphics, from Miikka Kiprusoff's sterling numbers after a loss to John Tortorella being the first American to coach a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup final to Dave Andreychuk playing the most games without winning a Cup - 1,759. (Until now.)

SCARY INFORMATION: After Ruslan Fedotenko's second goal made it 2-0, Thorne read the graphic Lightning fans didn't want to see: last time a team lost a two-goal lead in a Game 7 was 1971, Montreal 3, Chicago 2.

STRAIGHT TALK: Though Calgary's Jarome Iginla vociferously complained, the late penalty on Andrew Ference wasn't debatable to the announcing crew: "I don't think (referee) Kerry Fraser had a choice," Clement said. "I'm going on record right now as saying that was absolutely the right call."

"When Iginla sees that replay in the offseason, he'll agree," Davidson said. Countered Thorne: "It will take a while."

CAUGHT IN THE MOMENT: Studio host John Saunders declared, "This is not the Bucs' town anymore; this town belongs to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The playoff run has been exhilarating, but the Bucs remain the area's dominant team."

DEAD ON: Davidson assessed the third-period penalty that resulted in a Flames goal to make it 2-1: "Calgary got a break because (Nolan) Pratt was given a penalty he didn't deserve."

GOOD IDEA: The announcers were so impressed by Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina's shot-blocking they suggested naming such a feat a "Kubina."

[Last modified June 8, 2004, 01:00:38]

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