Stanley Cup Finals: Game 6

It ain't over 'til it's over. And it ain't over.

The Tampa Bay Lightning took it into overtime and ex-Calgary Flame castaway Martin St. Louis scored 33 seconds into the second overtime as the Lightning tied the Stanley Cup Finals at three games apiece and forced a game 7.

The Lightning also improved their record to 31 wins, 0 losses, and 2 ties when Brad Richards scores a goal. Richards had two goals in the second period in the 3-2 win over Calgary.

Calgary struck back following both of the Lightning's goals in the game, but the Bolts never trailed. There has not been a lead change in any game in this series thus far.

Calgary was inches away (and possibly not even) with roughly 6 minutes left in the third period as a puck bounced off Marty Gelina's skate in the crease and was stopped by Khabibulin possibly on, possibly over the red line. The play was apparently reviewed and there was not enough conclusive evidence to prove that the puck entirely crossed the goal line. ABC provided a zoom from an angle on the play that made it look as though the puck may have crossed the line, but the blurriness of the zoom also made it seem as though the puck could have been standing on end still on the red line.

Daryl Sutter, who previously attempted to fire up his team by claiming the NHL was out to make sure Canada didn't win the Cup following the suspension of Niemenen, surprisingly did not jump on the call. Instead, Sutter agreed with the call, saying "It's got to be conclusive."

And so it all comes down to one game, one night, and one winner will walk away with the Cup. Forget what happened in the first six games of this series. As the past two games have come to show, it's all down to the wire, and both teams will be on their A game for the big finale. It's Calgary, carrying the pride of Canada on the shoulders of the best player in the world, Jarome Iginla, against Tampa Bay, trying to destroy the legacy of a losing team and city and win it for Dave Andreychuk, who has played more games without winning the cup than any other player in NHL history.

What's unfolding here is one of the most exciting, competitive, and unpredictable Stanley Cup Finals of all time. If you can't get excited about this, there is something wrong with you. Two of the lowest paid, hardest working teams in the NHL trying to accomplish what was seen only weeks ago as simply impossible. Forget David and Goliath, this is David vs. David. The Goliaths were slain long ago.

One game, one chance, one winner. One champion.

Game 7. Monday, 8pm. Tampa.

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