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 Forum.
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 net.
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 past Giguere.
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 assists.
12/09 23:08:42 ET