By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks continued their road trip against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jonathan Bernier went for Anaheim in the second game of back-to-backs. Ben Bishop was in net for the Lightning. Anaheim called up Brandon Montour and played him since Sami Vatanen was injured in the contest against Florida.
The action started right at the drop of the puck as both teams nearly scored. Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson had the puck behind the Anaheim net and nearly scored on a backhander that Bernier blocked. On the next sequence, Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell broke out on a 2-on-1 play, but Bishop blocked Getzlaf’s chance. The Ducks opened the scoring when Jakob Silfverberg went behind the Tampa Bay net and then found Brandon Montour whose slap shot beat Bishop. The goal was reviewed for being offsides, but the video replay was inconclusive and the goal stood. Jonathan Drouin scored a little over a minute later to tie the game at one. On the next shift, Joseph Cramarossa and J.T. Brown dropped the goals. The score remained tied at the end of the period.
Halfway into the second period, Alex Killorn gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with a power play goal. The Ducks hadn’t even registered a shot on goal through 10 minutes of play in this period. The Ducks best chance came late in the period when Getzlaf created a turnover and walked in on Bishop, who made the save. Anaheim’s second period was again troublesome as they only registered four shots on net versus Tampa Bay’s 15.
The Ducks were able to tie the game when Getzlaf beat Bishop with a wrist shot just over four minutes into the period. Both teams had brief power plays in this period, but neither could convert with the extra man. Anaheim was badly outshot in this period 10-3, but they kept the game a tie until the end of regulation.
In the extra session, both teams had scoring chances. Ryan Kesler beat Bishop, but his shot went off the post. Nikita Kucherov had a breakaway attempt, which Bernier was able to stop. The game remained tied and headed to a shootout.
The shootout went four rounds. Getzlaf and Silfverberg scored for Anaheim. Brayden Point, Kucherov, and Brian Boyle scored for Tampa Bay. Corey Perry had a chance to force a fifth round, but his shot hit the post.
The Ducks were able to get the first goal and played a decent first period. The rest of the game, however, Anaheim could only manage seven shots on goal. The Ducks didn’t even get a shot on goal in the overtime. Anaheim also ran into penalty trouble giving up seven power play opportunities. They were able to kill six of the seven, however. There are four more games on this road trip and the Ducks need to find a way to generate more offense.
Brandon Montour scored his first NHL goal.
Kevin Bieksa recorded his 200th assist on the Getzlaf goal.
The Ducks head to New York to face the Rangers on Tuesday at 4 PM PT.
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February 5, 2017