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Stamkos, Kucherov streaks end in Lightning loss to Ducks

Forwards fail to get point for first time this season

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov each had an 11-game point streak end, and the Tampa Bay Lightning lost 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

 

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"It's great when you are on [the streak]," Stamkos said. "It's not the end of the world, we'll hopefully start another one next game. They have a lot of smart, big, strong, heavy players and they got the lead on us and did a good job of clogging it up and it was tough for our skill guys to make plays."

Rickard Rakell scored twice, and Brandon Montour and Hampus Lindholm scored for the Ducks (5-4-1). John Gibson made 31 saves, and Ryan Getzlaf had three assists.

Chris Kunitz scored for the Lightning (9-2-1), who had a four-game winning streak end. Peter Budaj made 17 saves.

Stamkos (21 points) and Kucherov (19 points) had at least one point in every game this season. They were tied with Martin St. Louis for the longest point streak to start a Lightning season.

"Those guys are as good as they get in the League right now," Getzlaf said. "We were paying attention to them. Our penalty kill did a great job to help stagnate that, and obviously our goaltender was pretty good."

Video: ANA@TBL: Montour rockets one past Budaj for PPG

Stamkos and Kucherov each had two shots on goal, with Gibson saving Stamkos' one-timer during a power-play at 14:43 of the second period. Anaheim used its size to keep the forwards from getting comfortable in the offensive zone.

"[Stamkos and Kucherov] don't like and don't want to be impeded," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "They like the freedom to skate, and you have to get inside and check them. The biggest thing is to keep them out of your zone and force them to play defense. That way they are 200 feet away from their net."

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal by Rakell at 10:13 of the second period. His shot from right face-off circle beat Budaj through the five-hole.

Anaheim increased the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 16:55. Montour beat Budaj with a shot high on the stick side.

Tampa Bay made it 2-1 at 17:52 with Kunitz's second goal of the season. After Gibson made a stick save on a chip by J.T. Brown, Kunitz controlled the rebound and scored.

Lindholm beat the buzzer to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead at the end of the second period. Video review showed his goal was scored with 0.1 seconds remaining in the period.

"I know there were a few seconds left," Lindholm said. "I tried to be ready if the puck ended up with me, and it was right on my stick. It was a perfect pop-up to me, and it's nice to see that go in."

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that play was the turning point.

"With 12 seconds left, I saw us going up the ice, if you would have told me it was going to be in our net 11.5 seconds later, I would have laughed at you," Cooper said. "Sure enough it was in the back of our net, it's 3-1, and that was it. Game over."

Rakell scored his second goal at 8:59 of the third period to give the Ducks a 4-1 lead. Getzlaf made a centering pass to Rakell, who scored on a one-timer from the hash marks.

"I thought we had bounces go our way early in this game and that kind of got us going," Rakell said. "But we have to find a way to find our momentum even when we don't get the bounces early."

Video: ANA@TBL: Rakell buries one-timer for second goal

 

Goal of the game

Rakell's goal at 10:13 of the second period.

Video: ANA@TBL: Rakell opens the scoring with PPG

 

Save of the game

Gibson's glove save on Yanni Gourde at 18:11 of the second period.

Video: ANA@TBL: Gibson makes sprawling save on Gourde

 

Highlight of the game

Lindholm's buzzer-beating goal at 19:59 of the second period.

Video: ANA@TBL: Lindholm beats the buzzer to pad Ducks' lead

 

They said it

"We knew to enhance our opportunity for success we were going to have to win the special-teams battle, and that's true in any building on the road, especially against the hockey team we played tonight. We got a couple of power-play goals and they went 0-for-4 on the power play. That was probably the difference." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

"It was a bad hockey game. There were whistles, offsides, pucks out of play ... there was zero flow. We get power plays, do zero with them, and they didn't even generate momentum for us, they get two power plays and scored on both of them." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

Need to know

Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen made his season debut and had three blocked shots and one hit in 17:12 of ice time. ... Budaj, who started in place of Andrei Vasilevskiy, is 5-10-3 against Anaheim.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-CR, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Lightning: At the Florida Panthers on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, SUN, NHL.TV)

 

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