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Lightning go 3-for-4 in shootout, defeat Ducks

Brian Boyle scores deciding goal, Tampa Bay ends three-game losing streak

by Corey Long / Correspondent

TAMPA -- Brian Boyle scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Alex Killorn and Jonathan Drouin scored, and Nikita Kucherov had two assists for the Lightning (23-24-6), who won for the first time in four games. Ben Bishop made 14 saves then denied two of four Ducks in the shootout.

Brandon Montour and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim (28-16-10), which lost 2-1 at the Florida Panthers on Friday. Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves.

Boyle scored the third goal for the Lightning in the fourth round of the shootout when he beat Bernier with a snap shot to the five-hole.


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"Obviously, winning's a lot more fun," Lightning forward Tyler Johnson said. "When you get two points, it's big for us. We were up 2-1 and they ended up getting that second goal. But we kept on pushing, and that was huge for us."

Ducks forward Corey Perry had a chance to continue the shootout but his wrist shot hit the post.

Getzlaf tied the game 2-2 at 4:02 of the third period. He had a step on defenseman Andrej Sustr and beat Bishop top shelf with a wrist shot.

Video: ANA@TBL: Boyle goes five-hole for eventual SO winner

"I thought our guys did a good job battling back," Getzlaf said. "We battled hard in this game. With the numbers of penalties that we had, I don't even know what the number was (nine), but it felt like we were [penalty killing] all night long. We got a point. We've got to be happy with that but not satisfied."

Killorn scored on the power play at 10:56 of the second period to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead. His one-timer from the left faceoff circle beat Bernier at the far post.

"To start getting points and playing the right way and being consistent is something we want to build on," Killorn said. "I think we still have to be a little bit better at the end, but it's nice to have this, to win for our fans and win for our team."

Anaheim took a 1-0 lead at 8:14 of the first period on defenseman Montour's first NHL goal. Ryan Kesler forced defenseman Braydon Coburn into a giveaway in the Tampa Bay zone, and Kesler found Montour trailing the play for a slap shot past Bishop.

Video: ANA@TBL: Montour buries one-timer for first NHL goal

Drouin tied it 1-1 at 9:48 of the first after he skated from the corner to the middle of the Anaheim zone and sent a wrist shot off Bernier's shoulder and into the net.

"I didn't like giving up the lead," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The big thing for us was maybe in recent games here we might have wilted, but the guys stepped up a notch and kept creating chances."


Goal of the game

Getzlaf's tying goal was the result of Ryan Kesler winning a neutral-zone faceoff and Getzlaf beating Sustr to a spot where he could get a clear shot on Bishop.

Video: ANA@TBL: Getzlaf beats Bishop with quick wrister


Saves of the game

Bernier made consecutive pad saves on Drouin and Vladislav Namestnikov in a five-second span late in the second period, and defenseman Hampus Lindholm kept it 2-1 when he blocked Kucherov's put- back from the open goal at 18:10.

Video: ANA@TBL: Bernier gets help from Lindholm to stop puck


Unsung performance of the game

The Lightning won 36 of 67 faceoffs Saturday (54 percent). The success led to 82 shot attempts.
"Last time we played they really dominated the faceoff circle," Killorn said. "We changed that and it led to a lot of extra possession time and shot opportunities."


Highlight of the game

Drouin switched directions in the zone and skated around three Anaheim defenders from the right circle to the slot to score.

Video: ANA@TBL: Drouin circles, beats Bernier with a wrister


They said it

"I didn't deserve the win tonight, but the guys put in a great effort. I thought in the third period we played our own game, and we grind the other team in their zone and we had a timely goal with Getzlaf." -- Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier


"Well, we were really aggressive with the puck, and we were aggressive without the puck. If you watched when they tied the game, we actually kind of sat back a little bit there and it burned us. The more aggressive we were, the better we played." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper


Need to know

The Lightning are 8-0-5 against the Ducks in the past 13 games; Bishop is 8-0-2 against them. … Lightning forward Cedric Paquette left the game late in the third period. … Montour was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday. He played his sixth NHL game. … Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen did not play and is day to day with a lower-body injury.


What's next

Ducks: At the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNO, PRIME, MSG, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)


Video: Boyle nets SO winner as Bolts beat Ducks, 3-2

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