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.
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.
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:
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.
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.