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Drouin, Bishop lead Lightning past Ducks

by Abbey Mastracco

ANAHEIM -- Jonathan Drouin scored a goal and assisted on Jonathan Marchessault's game-winner, and Ben Bishop made 32 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center.

With Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner sitting out a cross-checking penalty, Marchessault beat Ducks goaltender John Gibson through the five-hole at 16:22 of the second period to finish off a pretty feed from Drouin and break a 1-1 tie.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler nearly tied the game with 11 seconds left in the third period, but his slap shot hit the post.

Tampa Bay (12-11-3) has won four straight games against Anaheim (9-12-5) and hasn't lost to the Ducks in regulation since Dec. 9, 2006.

Bishop is 6-0-1 in his career against the Ducks.

"We didn't really give too much up in the first period, but they came at us hard in the second period and we weathered that storm," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "You need your goaltender to be your best player. And when he is, usually good things can happen and that's what happened tonight."

Each team scored early in the second period, but three goals were then disallowed, keeping the game tied until Marchessault put the Lightning ahead to star.

Drouin opened the scoring when he beat Gibson with a sharp-angled wrist shot off a feed by Vladislav Namestnikov 2:35 into the period. Anaheim tied it when Rickard Rakell brought Bishop out of the net with a wraparound attempt and Corey Perry scored during a scramble at 4:15 for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

The score remained tied after apparent goals by Tampa Bay's Braydon Coburn, Anaheim's Chris Stewart and Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn were washed out.

Coburn's slap shot from the point went off Nikita Kucherov and into the net at 7:36 but was overturned after a video review showed he had deflected the puck with a high stick. Stewart appeared to have scored exactly 10 minutes into the period but the officials ruled the puck never crossed the goal line.

"Everybody was putting their hands up and getting ready to go crazy, but I didn't know why," Bishop said. "I knew I had it."

Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm collided with Ducks goalie John Gibson in the crease just before Killorn scored off a rebound at 14:54. But the referees waved off the goal, saying that Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan had pushed Lindholm into Gibson; the call was upheld after Cooper used his challenge.

"I do think it was a little bit of justice that we scored on that power play soon after we lost that challenge," Cooper said. "It probably turned out the way that we thought it should turn out. Fortunately for us, we were able to hold on."

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said the team failed to get into a rhythm from the start. He didn't fault his players for their lack of effort, but wants to see more action and less talk.

"If you're looking for a territorial edge, I thought we outplayed them," Boudreau said. "But in the end, we have to come up with a win. It seems to be eluding us on a regular basis. We can talk about how good we're playing against good teams, and doing the right things, but the two points are most necessary at this point."

The Ducks have been outscored 32-10 in the second period this season and remain winless when tied after two periods. Anaheim's inability to come back after leading the NHL last season with 12 victories in games in which it trailed after two periods has been confusing and frustrating.

"It seems to be one of those times for us right now," Fowler said. "Some nights, maybe the puck that hits the post will go in and will turn the tides the other way. This wasn't one of those nights."

Gibson, making his fourth consecutive start, finished with 20 saves. Starter Frederik Andersen has recovered from the flu and is ready to play but Boudreau said he's hasn't made a decision about whether Andersen will play Friday against the San Jose Sharks.

"I don't know, we'll wait and see," Boudreau said. "[Gibson] is playing pretty well right now."

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