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game recap

Ducks 4, Lightning 3, OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:45 AM

Amanda Harris

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Ducks 4, Lightning 3, OT
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Anaheim Ducks 4

It was a deep hole the Lightning dug itself in Anaheim Thursday night.

Yet on goals from Jeff Halpern, Marty St. Louis, and Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay managed to rally from a three-goal deficit to carry the game into the extended stanza, hijacking yet another invaluable point along the way.

The meeting was a physical one what with the Ducks coming off a cringe-worthy 0-3-1-road swing. Anaheim took to the board early and often with a pair of markers in the first that no doubt had everyone on the Bolt bench experiencing a bit of déjà vu.

Working a little tic-tac-toe action deep in the Lightning zone, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry manhandled the puck nicely to set-up Teemu Selanne for the game’s opening goal at 6:25. 

Like a scene out of Groundhog Day, the same trio would connect again while on the man advantage to beat Mike Smith on his weak side just inside the 20-minute mark. In a role reversal of sorts, it was Selanne and Perry this time combining to needle a pass through the blue paint with Getzlaf receiving credit for the tally.

The agony continued into the second for the Bolts when, not long after taking the ice, David Hale was slapped with a double-minor for high-sticking and watched from the box as Bobby Ryan potted his ninth on the season to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead.

Less than a minute later and Tampa Bay was right back in it however, engaged in not one, but two goal celebrations of its own.

With some tenacious battling behind Anaheim’s net, Steve Downie dug one out and lobbed a centering pass to Halpern for a goal conversion that effectively extinguished Jonas Hiller’s shutout aspirations.

And before 18 seconds had elapsed Stamkos could be seen crashing the crease to scoop up a Vinny Lecavalier-fed puck for what was certainly one of the power forward’s most acrobatic goals to date and a marker deserving of points for both style and substance.

Careening towards the net with legs splayed, Stamkos managed to not only pot the saucer but also shift the momentum of the game in Tampa Bay’s favor all while cutting Anaheim’s lead to one.

Building off the energy of the middle frame, Ryan Malone tied things up 1:38 into the third with what would be the Lightning's only power play goal of the match-up. Downie started the transaction with a pass to St. Louis who ripped a screamer from the blueline and found the stick of a crease-loving Malone for the tip-in. The goal was his thirteenth on the season and enough to carry the tilt into extra innings despite a scoring error that originally had St. Louis credited with the tally.

Though Tampa Bay succumbed to the Ducks early in the sudden death showdown on a power play goal netted by Scott Niedermayer, the team was able to extend its point streak to seven games in a great come-from-behind effort.

"Down 3-0 on the road and you get a point, that's pretty good," St. Louis said.

So good in fact that the Eastern Conference’s seventh-ranked team will head into Carolina on Saturday having lost just one of their last 12 in regulation.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:25
ANA
Teemu Selanne (11) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (21), Corey Perry (12)
1 - 0 ANA
18:12
ANA
PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (3) Snap shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (3), Corey Perry (13)
2 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
06:52
ANA
PPG - Bobby Ryan (9) Snap shot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (4), Nick Boynton (5)
3 - 0 ANA
07:23
TBL
Jeff Halpern (2) Snap shot - ASST: Steve Downie (4), Victor Hedman (5)
3 - 1 ANA
07:41
TBL
Steven Stamkos (14) Tip-in - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (14), Ryan Malone (8)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
01:38
TBL
PPG - Ryan Malone (13) Tip-in - ASST: Martin St. Louis (16), Steve Downie (5)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
00:52
ANA
PPG - Scott Niedermayer (2) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (22), Teemu Selanne (4)
4 - 3 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
03:50
ANA
Nick Boynton  Tripping against  Alex Tanguay
04:22
TBL
Mike Smith  Interference against  Corey Perry
18:01
TBL
Lukas Krajicek  Interference against  Mike Brown
2nd Period
03:10
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
03:10
ANA
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
04:37
TBL
David Hale  Hi stick - double minor against  Bobby Ryan
11:23
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Hi-sticking against  Bobby Ryan
14:49
TBL
Kurtis Foster  Tripping against  Bobby Ryan
19:59
ANA
Todd Marchant  Tripping against  Jeff Halpern
3rd Period
07:13
ANA
Evgeny Artyukhin  Tripping against  Victor Hedman
15:46
ANA
Corey Perry  Tripping against  Steven Stamkos
OT Period
00:11
TBL
Ryan Malone  Cross checking against  Ryan Whitney
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 27TOI: 60:52
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 0
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
7-7-1
SA: 24TOI: 60:52
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0