NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Anaheim
(Thursday, November 19th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Tampa Bay 3 (OT)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Scott Niedermayer rifled a shot into the top right corner of the net 52 seconds into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks responded after blowing a 3-0 lead to beat the Lightning, 4-3, at Honda Center.
Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who have won four of five at home. Corey Perry had two assists to extend the NHL's longest active points streak to 13, and Bobby Ryan also added a goal in the win.
"We showed some resiliency," Ryan said. "In the past, we would have let those three goals really go to our heart, and that would have been a time of self- destruction for us. But as a group, we pulled tonight and grinded out the two points."
Jonas Hiller stopped 21-of-24 shots for Anaheim, which scored three power play goals in the contest.
Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Jeff Halpern each scored for Tampa Bay, which has at least a point in 11 of its last 12 games (6-1-5). Steve Downie and Ryan Malone each had two assists, and Mike Smith yielded four goals on 27 shots in defeat.
"Confidence is a big key," Stamkos said when asked to compare last season to this one. "Obviously, the second half (of last season) went well, and I've been learning a lot from the veteran guys on our team. Confidence is definitely as high as it's been coming into this season."
Early in the overtime period, Malone was called for cross-checking, giving the Ducks a power play. Anaheim soon set up in the Lightning zone, and Getzlaf left the puck for Niedermayer at the point, and Niedermayer perfectly placed a shot into the top right corner of the net for the game-winner.
"We have a good homestand that we want to play well in," Niedermayer said. "We're not really looking too far ahead. We'll take each one as they come. It's nice to get a win tonight."
Lodged in the Lightning zone early in the game, the Ducks used quick passing to get on the board. Perry quickly dished to Getzlaf down low, and Getzlaf alertly fed it across the crease, where Selanne one-timed it into the open net at 6:25.
Getzlaf put the Ducks ahead by two on a power play goal at 18:12, and Anaheim pushed its advantage to three early in the second period.
On the power play, Ryan took a saucer pass from Joffrey Lupul as the team entered the offensive zone, and Ryan skated up the slot and fired a wrist shot past Smith for a 3-0 lead.
Tampa Bay cut its deficit to one, however, with two goals in 18 seconds. Halpern's second tally of the year at 7:23 made it a 3-1 game, and Stamkos continued his torrid start to the season with his 14th to account for the 3-2 margin heading to the third.
The Lightning completed the comeback early in the third period, as St. Louis tied the game. On the power play, the diminutive forward rifled a slap shot from the point, and it got past Malone's deflection attempt in front and just inside the left post for a tie game 1:38 into the stanza.
"Down three-nothing on the road and you get a point; that's pretty good," St. Louis said.
Tampa Bay had two power play opportunities during the remainder of the third but couldn't net the go-ahead score, and the contest went to overtime.
Smith lost for the first time in four career games against the Ducks...Perry has nine goals and 10 assists in his 13-game streak...Tampa Bay is 1-0-1 on a four-game road trip.
11/20 01:22:39 ET