Anaheim Ducks Bottle Up Lightning, Come Up With Rare OT Win


The 2nd straight night with an overtime game for the Anaheim Ducks, only this time around despite the game yielding the same final score the decision was flip-flopped.

Overtime this season has usually been unkind to Anaheim this year, tonight however the Ducks with help from a Tampa Penalty and a Rickard Rakell power play OT GWG get themselves a close-knit win over Tampa.

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The Cold Beginning:

The Anaheim Ducks in the game wasn’t the best of starts.

The Stats in the 1st:

  • 2 Shots on goal. (took 9:30 to get their 1st SOG.)
  • 2 Penalties (2/2 on PK’s)
  • 5 Turnovers

On the bright side:

The Ducks went 10-4 at the Faceoff Dot and had some moments of good luck; Tampa missing a yawning cage and almost getting a gifted own goal by Cam Fowler early in the period.

So, not the best of starts, but if you have that bad a 1st period and come out of it 0-0, you’ll live with it.

Cold Early Offense:

The Ducks had constant trouble getting another rhythm on offense in the first 24:00 of the game. They couldn’t get any time in the offensive zone. A lot of that has to do with the fine pressure defense by Tampa.

Quick Answer:

The scoring began in the 2nd period, at 24:36 with Valtteri Filppula scoring his 7th of the season for a 1-0 Tampa lead.

:21 after that Valtteri Filppula score to make it 1-0, Ryan Getzlaf came right back with the equalizing goal, catching Bishop unawares to tie it at 1-all.

His 6th goal of the season, and #227 in his NHL career.

The Play of the game:

The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson :50 into Overtime commits a penalty and :03 later Ducks win the faceoff and Rakell pots #19 of the season.

The Anaheim Ducks win 2-1 and go to 25-13-9 on the season, Tampa with the loss falls to 21-20-5.

Next on Tap:

Anaheim Ducks:

The Anaheim Ducks with the victory go to 25-13-9 = 59 points on the season. They will wrap up this 3-game Homestand on Thursday night vs the Colorado Avalanche.

It is Ryan Kesler Bobblehead Doll night too. Gametime is set for about 10 minutes after 7 PM PST.

Next: Ryan Getzlaf Being Captain Is No-Brainer

Tampa Bay Lightning:

The Tampa Bay Lightning fall to 21-20-5 = 47 points, they will head northward to the SAP Center in San Jose on Thursday night for a date with The San Jose Sharks.