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Point scores two goals, Lightning defeat Ducks

Vasilevskiy makes 36 saves, has assist for Tampa Bay; Anaheim 1-5-3 in past nine

by Corey Long / Independent Correspondent

Point cleans up rebound

ANA@TBL: Point knocks in loose puck

Brayden Point has the puck ricochet off his body after a save, but then knocks loose puck into the net, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead

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TAMPA -- Brayden Point scored two goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 6-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov and Anthony Cirelli each had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Palat scored his 100th NHL goal for Tampa Bay (11-7-2).

Vasilevskiy, who also had an assist, passed Ben Bishop for the most wins in Lightning history (132).


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"We've been competing harder, wining more pucks, winning more puck battles, sacrificing more," Point said. "There have been times where we maybe we weren't coming back as hard and now we are starting to do that, be more responsible with the puck, and it's been translating to more wins."

Video: ANA@TBL: Point sneaks the puck home for a PPG

Derek Grant and Rickard Rakell scored for Anaheim (10-11-3), which is winless in three straight (0-2-1) and 1-5-3 in its past nine games. Ryan Miller made 21 saves.

"I expect more out of our group in general. It's disappointing when we play so well," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "I thought we came out started the game properly, worked hard, battled hard, fought some adversity when they got a power play, that was kind of a [questionable] call and they scored a goal and then we quit. Simple as that."

Anaheim outshot Tampa Bay 38-27, but Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said he did not feel like they did the necessary work to get a positive result.

"You look at any game, whoever controls that 8-by-8 area right in front of the net, that's who usually wins," Eakins said. "We had control of the game, but we did not have control of that area. And we need to get there offensively because we're not going to score a bunch of pretty goals and we've got to be better in our zone at keeping them out."

Point gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 16:08 of the first period off a rebound from a shot by Jan Rutta.

Grant tied it 1-1 with a shorthanded goal after a turnover by Kucherov at 18:00 of the first.

Video: ANA@TBL: Kucherov scores in 2nd period

Kucherov made it 2-1 with a one-timer from the hash marks at 5:28 of the second period after Cirelli eluded two defenders to dig the puck out of the corner.

"I think we are battling hard right now, starting from [Vasilevskiy] all the way out, and [he] made some big stops for us tonight," Cirelli said. "And working our way out, the [defense] is blocking some shots, getting in lanes, moving it up to the forwards and getting pucks in deep and being able to skate."

Rakell tied it 2-2 at 7:57 with a goal a few seconds after the Ducks dominated zone time on a power play.

Point gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 12:39, and Pat Maroon made it 4-2 at 14:25 of the second.

Cirelli scored a power-play goal at 6:20 of the third period to make it 5-2. It was his fourth straight game with a goal.

"Sometimes you get lucky and pucks go in for you," Cirelli said. "But more importantly, anything you can do to help the team win, and right now we are all going."

Palat reached his milestone with a power-play goal at 17:28 for the 6-2 final.

Video: ANA@TBL: Palat collects puck, lifts backhanded shot


They said it

"High-flying team that likes to play offense and they got little, 5-foot-10 guys shooting at the back of our net from inside our crease. If we're not going to be big enough and strong enough to play in front our net, we're never going to win anything." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf

"I've said it many times that Ben was great to me and my family; he was like a mentor. I thank him and it's nice to pass him, but that's now in the past and hopefully more wins to come." -- Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy


Need to know

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm returned after missing eight games because of a lower-body injury. … Rakell extended his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists). … The Lightning were without center Steven Stamkos (lower body). … Vasilevskiy saved 24 of 25 shots over the last two periods. … Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman had two assists; he has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during a seven-game point streak.


What's next

Ducks: Host the New York Islanders on Monday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Video: Point pots two goals in Lightning's 6-2 win vs. Ducks

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