VIDEO: Lightning Strikes Twice As Tampa Bay Defeats Anaheim 2-1

Photo: AP/Christine Cotter

By: Matthew Garcia

Last night the Tampa Bay Lightning (13-2-2) were in town for a tilt with the Anaheim Ducks. (7-6-3) This would be the second and final meeting of the regular season as the two teams met back on October 28th in which the Ducks would defeat the Lightning by a final score of 4-1. Anaheim would look to keep the ball rolling as they would be looking for their second consecutive victory as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a final score of 4-1 back on November 9th. John Gibson would get the nod in net after missing the previous game with an upper-body injury suffered in the 4-3 OT loss to the Kings. Andrei Vasilevskiy would be making his first career appearance versus the Ducks.

Period 1:

The first period in last night’s contest between the Lightning and Ducks would be all about Gibson as the Lightning would control play for a majority of the opening frame largely in part of the early penalty the Ducks would take as Corey Perry would be on the receiving end of a hooking call just 3:08 into the game. By the time the first period ended Gibson would have turned aside all 17 shots that he had faced, four of them coming from the Lightning’s second leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos. The Ducks were able to put seven shots on goal against Vasilevskiy.

Period 2:

The Ducks would come out of the first intermission looking to turn the tides a bit in this game after Gibson kept them in the game through the first period. The Ducks would get some good looks early from their fourth line who would give Vasilevskiy some work early in the period, a penalty midway through the period would thwart the momentum that they had gained as Brandon Montour would get the gate on a hooking call against Stamkos. The bolts would not let a second opportunity go to waste as Vladislav Namestnikov would find a rebound out in front of the net and would just be able to poke it past a sprawled out Gibson to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead just 9:12 into the second period. The Ducks would not be able to solve Vasilevskiy, and would head into the second intermission trailing 1-0. Second period shots would favor the Lightning 12-9.

Period 3:

The puck would drop for the third period of play and the Ducks would come out of the gates flying and it would pay off quick as Jakob Silfverberg would corral a loose puck out in front of the Tampa Bay net before ripping it over the blocker hand of Vasilevskiy to knot the game up at one goal apiece just 3:48 into final period. Just under four minutes later the Lightning would take the lead back as forward J.T Brown would take a loose puck and snap it up over the catching glove of Gibson and sneak it just under the cross-bar to give Tampa a 2-1 lead. The Ducks would get their first power-play chance of the evening off a holding penalty levied against Ryan Callahan, Anaheim thought that they had tied the game as Montour would rip a shot on net that would get under the leg pad of Vasilevskiy but upon further review it was inconclusive that the puck crossed the goal line and would be upheld as no-goal. Despite a late third period surge the Ducks would fall short as the Lightning would even the season series with a 2-1 victory in Anaheim.


Despite getting off to a slow start on the evening the Anaheim Ducks would once again show their resilience as they would continue to battle in a game that was heavily controlled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. John Gibson stood tall in the Anaheim net as he would turn away 35 of 37 shots that he faced in last night’s contest, Silfverberg would continue his hot streak as he would score the Ducks’ lone goal potting his fifth goal of the season and third goal in two games. Anaheim will look to rebound from this loss as they continue their home stand against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

What’s Next?

Boston Bruins (6-6-4) @ Anaheim Ducks (7-7-3) Wednesday night at 7 PM PT

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November 13th, 2017

Filed under: Ducks News Tagged: Anaheim Ducks, ducksnpucks, tampa bay lightning


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