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Ducks defeat Lightning in overtime

Rickard Rakell scores game-winning goal to get Anaheim past Tampa Bay

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Rickard Rakell scored a power-play goal 54 seconds into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center on Tuesday.

Lightning center Tyler Johnson was penalized for hooking 50 seconds into overtime, giving the Ducks a 4-on-3 advantage. Ryan Kesler won the ensuing faceoff and Rakell collected the puck, skated untouched into the slot and shot top-shelf over Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop.

 

WATCH: All Lightning vs. Ducks highlights

 

"I'm just trying to jump on the puck after the faceoff," Rakell said. "We're on the power play and they only have three guys, so if there's open ice for me, I'm not going to hesitate to shoot. It was nice to see it go in."

John Gibson made 27 saves and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for Anaheim (25-13-9), his first goal at Honda Center this season. Getzlaf extended his point streak to four games.

Video: TBL@ANA: Getzlaf picks off puck and wrists it home

It was the Ducks' second overtime win this season (2-8).

"If there's a (3-on-3 game plan), I want to know about it because we're not very good at it," Getzlaf joked. "You play 3-on-3 as a kid and it's almost like pond hockey out there. It's hard to kind of keep your focus on playing on both ends of the rink and figuring out what to do."

Valtteri Filppula scored to extend his point streak to five games and Bishop made 19 saves for Tampa Bay (21-20-5).

"That was a game we for sure deserved points, it was just whether we were going to get the second one," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We had our chances. We missed open nets and posts and everything."

Filppula scored on a rebound from the low slot 4:36 into the game to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

But Getzlaf tied the game 21 seconds later when he intercepted an errant clearing attempt in the Lightning zone and scored from long range.

"We got good pressure on the entry. The puck went side to side. It was just on the backcheck. The puck turned over and I tried to get it on net."

Video: TBL@ANA: Gibson absorbs Boyle's quick one-timer

 

Goal of the game

Rakell had a narrow window but poked the puck out to the edge of the circle, where he got off a wrist shot so quick Bishop couldn't react.

Video: TBL@ANA: Rakell dances through traffic for OT winner

 

Save of the game

With 6:40 left in regulation and the Ducks on a power play, Rakell dangled through two defenders and broke away, but his shot was gloved by Bishop and the game remained tied.

Video: TBL@ANA: Bishop snatches Rakell's quick wrister

 

Unsung performance of the game

Kesler had the faceoff win on Rakell's goal and also tied up Brian Boyle after winning in the circle, allowing Rakell to get to the puck. Kesler had 13 faceoff wins and two blocked shots.

 

Highlight of the game

Filppula muscled his way to the crease, nearly taking Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler down in the process, and was there to quickly sweep in the rebound for his seventh goal of the season.

Video: TBL@ANA: Filppula pots rebound to open the scoring

 

They said it

"We were boring tonight, there's no doubt about that. We're playing a high-flying team. We're trying not to turn the puck over and feed their offense, so we tried to let them do all their dipsy-doodling things in the neutral zone and try not to give up too much. I thought we did a good job of that tonight." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf

 

"He can really make a contribution and not really have a lot of chances. That's the art of a guy who can snipe. It's hard to find goal scorers in the League. Goal scoring is at a premium, and those are the things you like to see out of a young group, specifically a young player." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on Rickard Rakell

 

"Guys should keep their heads high here. We got three out of four points on a back-to-back, (and) that's not very easy. We have to watch video here, see what we did right and get ready for San Jose." -- Lightning goalie Ben Bishop

 

Need to know

Anaheim's eight wins and 19 points since Christmas (8-1-3) ranks second in the NHL behind the Washington Capitals (9-1-2, 20 points). … Tampa Bay is 2-17-3 this season when scoring fewer than three goals. … Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov played in his 250th NHL game.

 

What's next

Lightning: At the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, CSN-CA, SUN, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, ALT2, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Rakell, Gibson lead Ducks to 2-1 OT win vs. Lightning

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