Monday, June 7: Game 7
Lightning strike first to win first Cup
Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice, including the critical first goal, as the resilient Lightning held off the Flames 2-1 in Game 7 Monday night to win their first Stanley Cup.
|Kelley: Anatomy of a Stanley Cup finals|
The Lightning's win over the Flames in seven games came down to one thing: more of everything.
|Kelley: Making the most of it|
Craig Ramsay once gave Dave Andreychuk sage words of advice. Two decades later, Andreychuk gave him something bigger in return.
|Hradek: Fedotenko trade pays off|
Two years after acquiring Ruslan Fedotenko, the Lightning reaped the benefits.
|Adelson: 'The most toughest loss'|
For Jarome Iginla and the Flames, losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals hurt like no other.
|Richards' 26 playoff points wins him Conn Smythe|
Brad Richards can finally forget about last year's playoffs.
|ESPN analysts: Team effort for Tampa|
ESPN's analysts examine Tampa Bay's stifling defense, Vincent Lecavalier's dominance and Nikolai Khabibulin's brilliance in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Stanley Cup notebook: Game 7|
If you want to know the pecking order of an NHL champion, just follow the Stanley Cup.
|Photo gallery: Game 7|
A pictorial look at Tampa Bay's 2-1 win against Calgary.
Monday, June 7: Pregame
Kelley: All for Stanley
Players may say it's fun to prepare for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals -- but they're lying.
|Clement: Iginla, Richards key|
ESPN's Bill Clement breaks down the keys to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Regehr might be hurt, but he's playing|
Stanley Cup notes from Game 7
|After Game 7, when will next NHL game be?|
As of Tuesday, all 30 teams -- including the champ -- will be firmly united. How long they stay that way may determine what hockey looks like the next time there's an NHL game.
Sunday, June 6
Cox: Not one for the ages
Don't expect Flames-Lightning to ignite into high-scoring, heart-stopping hockey Monday just because it will be Game 7 of the finals.
|Homing in? Hosting Game 7 could boost Bolts|
Of the 10 Cup finals Game 7s since 1950, nine were won by the home team. So the Lightning's 3-2 double-OT victory at Calgary in Saturday's Game 6 could be huge.
|Bolts look for Lecavalier to step up next|
The Bolts needed more from their top players to push the Stanley Cup finals to Game 7, and that's just what they got.
|Andreychuk thisclose to finally winning title|
Dave Andreychuk was so nonchalant that it was hard to tell he is so near what has eluded him for over two decades.
Saturday, June 5: Game 6
Lightning saddle up, win in two OTs in Calgary
Martin St. Louis knocked in a rebound in the second OT, and the Lightning forced a Game 7 by beating the Flames 3-2 Saturday night.
|Kelley: Lightning answer Bourque's call|
Trailing 3-2 and facing an uphill battle, the Lightning recieved a powerful message: it can be done.
|Adelson: Won for the road|
If the Flames are to win the Stanley Cup, it's only fitting that they'll have to do so on the road.
|Kelley: Flames may have lost more than game|
Flames defensive stalwart Robyn Regehr was seen leaving the Saddledome after Game 6 with a cast on his left foot.
|ESPN analysts: Momentum? Maybe, maybe not|
ESPN's analysts examine Tampa Bay's effort, Calgary's inconsistency and Martin St. Louis' game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Photo gallery: Game 6|
A pictorial look at Tampa Bay's 3-2 double-overtime win against Calgary.
Saturday, June 5: Pregame
Johnson: Closing time in Calgary
The only reason the Flames want to go back to Florida is to celebrate a Stanley Cup title at Disneyworld.
|Kelley: Lightning face mirror first|
Before facing the Flames, the Lightning must wrestle with the idea of doing whatever it takes to win.
|Clement: Tampa out of time|
It's now or never for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, but the Calgary Flames face some pressure of their own.
Friday, June 4
Kelley: Net worth
How did the Flames and Lightning get this far? See Miikka Kiprusoff and Nikolai Khabibulin, respectively.
|Taylor turning party crasher|
Angry about his team's loss in Game 5, Bolts center Tim Taylor is intent on spoiling the Flames' party plans.
|Calgary seeks to clinch at home|
Calgary is revving up to enjoy one of the most unlikely Cup titles.
|Cup notes: Fraser out of Game 6|
Referee Kerry Fraser was pulled Friday from his Game 6 assignment.
Thursday, June 3: Game 5
Flames win in OT, eye Cup at home
Oleg Saprykin's OT goal has the Calgary Flames one win from the Stanley Cup.
|Kelley: Finding the fire|
The Flames keep following Jarome Iginla's lead and dig deep inside when it matters most. One more time and they could be Stanley Cup champions.
|Berra: An unlikely hero|
The Flames gave Oleg Saprykin a bigger role in Game 5. He paid them back with an overtime goal.
|Hradek: Lydman returns for Flames|
Flames defenseman Toni Lydman returned for Game 5 after missing nearly two months due to a concussion.
|ESPN analysts: Iginla carries Calgary|
ESPN's analysts examine the superlative efforts of Jarome Iginla and Nikolai Khabibulin in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Photo gallery: Game 5|
A pictorial look at Calgary's 3-2 overtime win against Tampa Bay.
Thursday, June 3: Pregame
Nieminen can't bear to watch
A remorseful Ville Nieminen, the Flames suspended winger, doesn't plan on watching Game 5 against the Lightning.
|ESPN analysts: What pressure does|
ESPN's Bill Clement and Darren Pang examine some of the storylines heading into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Wednesday, June 2
Nieminen suspended for Game 5
Flames left wing Ville Nieminen was suspended Wednesday for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, two days after ramming Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier's head into the glass late in Game 4.
|Kelley: Truth, lies and the Stanley Cup finals|
The Flames-Lightning series isn't what we thought it was going to be. Shame on us ... and Darryl Sutter.
Tuesday, June 1
Adelson: The slow burn
The Flames are mirror images of their coach/GM Darryl Sutter: hard workers who can handle the truth.
|Kelley: Torts' intensity|
John Tortorella's demanding style has rubbed some the wrong way, but not the Lightning.
Monday, May 31: Game 4
Bolts strike back with Richards, Bulin Wall
Nikolai Khabibulin remained undefeated following a loss in carrying Tampa Bay to a series-tying 1-0 victory over Calgary in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday.
|Kelley: Richards redux|
A second chance gives Brad Richards an NHL record and the Lightning a renewed hope.
|Adelson: No apologies|
The Flames' aggressive style cost them a 3-1 lead. It's also what got them to the Stanley Cup finals in the first place.
|Berra: Lightning turn the other cheek|
Vincent Lecavalier. Pavel Kubina. Ruslan Fedotenko. The Bolts are taking on injuries, but they'd rather take the Cup than revenge.
|Hradek: Juggling act|
With winger Ruslan Fedotenko and key defenseman Pavel Kubina out hurt, Bolts coach John Tortorella made the most of the players he had in Monday's win over the Flames.
|ESPN analysts: Ugly win for Tampa|
ESPN's analysts examine the shifting momentum, outstanding goaltending and silly penalties in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Photo gallery: Game 4|
A pictorial look at Tampa Bay's 1-0 win over Calgary.
Monday, May 31: Pregame
Fedotenko, Kubina sidelined for Game 4
Lightning winger Ruslan Fedotenko and defenseman Pavel Kubina were scratched from Monday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Flames.
|Stanley Cup finals notebook: May 31|
Breaking down coaching methods, passing along some valuable lessons and other notes from the Stanley Cup finals.
Sunday, May 30
Kelley: Two tough to win
If the Flames win two in a row, they'll be heavily favored to win the Stanley Cup. But in this series, that's a big if.
Saturday, May 29: Game 3
First to 1 wins again as Flames retake lead
One trend is developing in a furiously played Stanley Cup final: The first team to 1 wins. In Saturday's Game 3, that was Calgary, which went on to a 3-0 victory.
|Kelley: Simon powers Flames|
Best known as a tough guy, Chris Simon has emerged as the Flames' go-to guy with the man advantage.
|Adelson: Flames play their game|
The Flames played hard, tough and physical in Game 3. They also played Follow The Leader.
|Lightning lose edge again|
After losing Game 3, the Lightning must win back-to-back games to win the Stanley Cup. If only it were that easy.
|Hradek: Glut of goals? Gone|
What was expected to be a high-scoring series has developed into a tight-checking battle of wills.
|ESPN analysts: Iginla, Kiprusoff lead|
ESPN's analysts break down Jarome Iginla's dominance, Calgary's overall intensity and Miikka Kiprusoff's stellar goaltending in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Photo gallery: Game 3|
A pictorial look at Calgary's 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.
Saturday, May 29: Pregame
Conroy center of Flames' Game 3 turnaround
After his worst game of the playoffs, Craig Conroy knows he has to rebound for the Flames to have a chance.
|Kelley: Flames don't forget Turek|
Roman Turek has been relegated to a backrup role, but his contributions are still noticed by his teammates.
|Stanley Cup notebook: May 29|
Breaking down the goalies, examining the influence of the Calgary crowd and other notes from the Stanley Cup finals.
Friday, May 28
Adelson: Aflame over Flames
Calgary is already in a heightened state of hockey euphoria as the Cup final moves north.
|Adelson: Flames' power struggle|
Does an ineffective power play preclude the Flames from winning the Stanley Cup? They hope not.
|Tension flares between Cup finalists|
It's taken only two games for the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning to realize they don't really like each other.
|Don't overlook Richards|
It's doubtful Tampa Bay would still be playing without Brad Richards' important contributions.
|Game 2 ratings slightly higher than Game 1's|
The rating for Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory in Game 2 was up slightly from Game 1, which tied for the lowest-rated finals game on ESPN since 1990.
Thursday, May 27: Game 2
Lightning throttle Flames 4-1 to even series
Ruslan Fedotenko ended Calgary's 10-game first-period shutout streak and the Lightning beat the Flames 4-1 Thursday night.
|Kelley: From the end of the world to the top|
Critics questioned the Bolts' ability to rebound from their Game 1 loss. Then the puck was dropped on Game 2.
|Flames lack edge, then lose it|
Unable to carry over their physical play from Game 1, the Flames head back to Calgary with the series tied.
|Hradek: Score first or lose|
The Stanley Cup finals are holding true to a hockey trend -- the team that scores first wins.
|ESPN analysts: Lecavalier the leader|
ESPN's analysts break down Vincent Lecavalier's effort, Nikolai Khabibulin's improvement and the increased intensity in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Berra: Boyle changes things he can|
Dan Boyle overcame his personal loss and helped deliver a big win for the Lightning in Game 2.
Thursday, May 27: Pregame
Bolts' minds are what matters
The only changes the Lightning are going to make for Game 2 are in their heads.
|Chat: Bill Clement|
ESPN analyst Bill Clement dropped by to talk about the Stanley Cup finals.
Wednesday, May 26
Kelley: The Tiger Woods of hockey
The NHL and the sport of hockey need a new face. And Jarome Iginla is willing to be just that.
|Bolts plan proportional 'response'|
The Lightning aren't waiting until they're on the verge of elimination to recover from their loss in Game 1.
|SportsNation Stanley Cup notebook: May 26|
Do you have questions about the Stanley Cup finals? We've got the answers.
Tuesday, May 25: Game 1
Despite layoff, Flames still red-hot on road
The Flames shook off a five-day layoff and any jitters, scoring on their first shot and riding a superb two-way game by Jarome Iginla to stun the Lightning 4-1 in Game 1.
|Kelley: Greatness in grand fashion|
In Game 1, Flames captain Jarome Iginla showed why true greatness has nothing to do with luck.
|Berra: At home on the road|
The Calgary Flames are on the verge of making NHL history on the road. Seriously.
|Hradek: Can Bolts rebound from bad bounces?|
Bounces, bad ice, zone clearances and short-handed aggressiveness all played a role in Game 1.
|ESPN analysts: Flames had the emotion|
ESPN's analysts examine Calgary's emotional edge, Jarome Iginla's dominance and Nikolai Khabibulin's struggles in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
|Photo gallery: Game 1|
A pictorial look at Calgary's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Tuesday, May 25: Pregame
Pang: Different styles, similar results
An up-close look at Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and the Lightning's Nikolai Khabibulin.
|Stanley Cup notebook: May 25|
It may be 90 degrees and humid in Tampa, but the Forum ice is in good hands.
|ESPN Analysts: Stanley Cup predictions|
ESPN's roster of NHL analysts offer their picks for the Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner.
|SportsNation notebook: May 25|
Do you have questions about the Stanley Cup finals? We've got the answers.
|Vote: Flames or Bolts -- who wins?|
Who will hoist the Stanley Cup? The Flames? The Lightning? Cast your vote now!
Monday, May 24
Kelley: Flash and dash without the cash
Forget their payrolls, markets and lack of megastar power, the Lightning and Flames are about to play one heck of a Stanley Cup finals.
|Frei: Southern survival skills|
A Stanley Cup is good for any small-market team -- even if the city it's in doesn't own a snowplow.
|Cox: Keepers of the Cup|
Not all Canadians are fans of the Flames, and their concerns extend further south than Calgary.
|Breakdown: Flames vs. Lightning|
Calgary may be well-rested, but Tampa Bay's special teams should lead the Lightning to the Stanley Cup.
Sunday, May 23
Johnson: A new attitude
After a seven-year playoff drought, the Flames were turned over to Darryl Sutter, who changed their way of thinking.
|How they were built: Calgary Flames|
A player-by-player look at how the 2004 Western Conference champions were assembled.
|How they were built: Tampa Bay Lightning|
A player-by-player look at how the 2004 Eastern Conference champions were assembled.