NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Tampa Bay |
(Saturday, December 9th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Tampa Bay 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dustin Penner scored two goals to lead the
Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times
Teemu Selanne and Chris Kunitz each scored a goal and had an assist for the
Ducks, who have won eight of their last nine games. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien
Giguere finished with 24 saves.
"They came at us pretty hard and we weathered the storm pretty early in the
hockey game and then we found a way to get some goals," said Anaheim head
coach Randy Carlyle. "When you score four you should win. That's the reality
of it. I wouldn't say it was picture perfect but it was effective for us."
Eric Perrin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards scored for the Lightning, who
have lost five of their last six games. Tampa goaltender Marc Denis allowed
four goals on 25 shots.
"They were really aggressive," Fedotenko said. "It seems like we just didn't
put the puck in the net."
The Ducks went up 1-0 at 3:07 of the first period. Todd Marchant raced into
the Tampa Bay zone up the right wing and centered the puck to a streaking
Penner, who one-timed the feed past a sliding Denis.
Tampa Bay evened the score at 1-1 with 9:40 left in the first after Perrin
tallied his eighth goal of the campaign. From behind the Anaheim net, Perrin
dished the puck out in front and the disc deflected off a Ducks' defender in
front and past Giguere.
Anaheim took a 2-1 lead after Penner tallied his second goal of the game at
10:58 of the second. On the power play, Shawn Thornton controlled the puck in
the right circle and passed the disc across to Penner, who fired the puck into
The Ducks increased their lead to 3-1 after Selanne netted his 17th goal of
the season at the 12:48 mark of the middle session.
With 2:35 remaining in the second period, the Lightning pulled to within a
goal after Fedotenko scored. Vincent Lecavalier won a faceoff in the right
circle and drew the puck to the slot where Fedotenko quickly snapped a wrister
Anaheim's Kunitz scored 2:26 into the final frame to make it a two-goal game.
With 9:50 left in the contest, Tampa Bay once again made it a one-goal game
after Richards tallied his 11th goal of the season. Martin St. Louis dished
the puck to Richards in the slot and his one-timer sailed into the right
corner of the net.
The Lightning had some chances down the stretch to net the equalizer but
Giguere stood tall, making 14 saves in the final frame.
The Ducks have won three straight and nine of the last 13 meetings with Tampa
Bay...Anaheim also tied a franchise record with their fifth straight win on
the road...The Ducks went 1-for-2 on the power play while the Lightning went
scoreless in five chances with the man advantage...St. Louis finished with two
12/09 23:08:42 ET