NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Anaheim
(Friday, January 9th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Anaheim 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Malone scored twice, including the winning tally midway through the third period, as Tampa Bay edged Anaheim, 4-3, at Honda Center.
Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who had lost four of their previous five contests and won at Anaheim for the first time since October 14, 2001. Tampa Bay beat the Ducks for the first time since February 25, 2003.
Vinny Prospal also lit the lamp and Karri Ramo made 29 saves for Tampa Bay.
Jonas Hiller gave up four goals on 19 shots for the Ducks, who have lost two in a row and seven of their last 10 contests. Steve Montador, Chris Pronger and Andrew Ebbett had the goals for Anaheim.
"That has been the story of the year so far," Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer said of his team's inconsistent play. "Tonight, we definitely didn't play our best game. Every chance they had, they seemed to put in the back of the net on us. I guess that is the way it goes if you don't play your best sometimes. You pay the price for it that way."
The Lightning took the lead for good on a delayed penalty call. Jeff Halpern tried jamming in the puck from below the left circle, but Hiller came up with the save. Malone was in the same area and banged in the rebound at the 10:50 mark of the period. It was the 99th goal of his career.
"We did a good job of cycling the puck there," said Malone. "We had a good rotation. I kind of popped in the slot. Halpern put the puck on net and I just tried to get to the net as fast as I could for a rebound. I just tried to get it up over his pads as quickly as I could."
Anaheim pulled Hiller for the extra attacker with over a minute left, but couldn't generate enough pressure for a chance at a tying goal.
St. Louis scored shorthanded 3:28 into the game with a great move around Pronger before depositing the disc high to the left corner of the net.
Prospal made it 2-0 at 1:41 of the second, but Ebbett's power-play marker came seven minutes later.
Malone scored with 2:09 left in the second when he skated from the right side in front for the goal, but the Ducks tied the game with two goals in a span of 12 seconds. Montador was first with his third goal of the year and then Pronger scored on a quick shot from the slot with 1:20 left in the period.
This was the third of five consecutive games away from the St. Pete Times Forum for the Lightning, who also take on Los Angeles and San Jose before returning home for a game Thursday against Philadelphia...Anaheim began a three-game homestand with games upcoming vs. New Jersey and Detroit...Vincent Lecavalier had two assists for the Lightning, while Brendan Morrison had a pair of helpers for Anaheim...Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft, was scratched from Tampa Bay's lineup for the first time this season.
01/10 02:06:35 ET