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Vasilevskiy makes 28 saves, Lightning top Ducks

Tampa Bay extends road point streak to eight games

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Vladislav Namestnikov and J.T. Brown scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 2-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Tampa Bay (14-2-2) has earned at least a point in eight straight on the road (7-0-1), including its first sweep of a three-game California trip since Dec. 4-7, 1994.

"Coming through California is a tough trip, and everybody out East knows that," coach Jon Cooper said of games against the Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. "I was really impressed with the guys' focus and trying to get this one tonight, and they found a way."

 

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The eight-game streak is the second-longest in Lightning history. Tampa Bay had at least a point in 10 straight on the road from Feb. 5 to March 10, 2004, and from Jan. 5 to Feb. 20, 2008.

Jakob Silfverberg scored his third goal in the past two games for the Ducks (7-7-3), and goaltender John Gibson made 35 saves.

After Silfverberg tied the game 1-1 at 3:48 of the third period, Brown scored the game-winner at 7:18.

Ryan Callahan and Chris Kunitz helped win a puck battle in the left corner for the Lightning, and Kunitz passed from below the goal line to Brown, who beat Gibson top shelf for his first goal of the season.

"That line did an unreal job forechecking," Cooper said. "You can't underestimate what Kunitz and Callahan did."

Video: TBL@ANA: Namestnikov nets rebound for PPG

It was Brown's first goal in 13 games dating to March 30.

"It felt good," Brown said. "[Callahan and Kunitz] did all the work there. I kind of found the right area."

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead at 9:12 of the second period on a power-play goal by Namestnikov.

The Lightning went on the power play after defenseman Brandon Montour was called for hooking at 7:19.

Nikita Kucherov took a shot from just below the right face-off circle. Gibson stretched out his left pad and glove, but the puck hit his wrist and bounced out front. Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen tried to sweep it back to Gibson but instead nudged it toward Namestnikov, who scored his ninth goal.

The Ducks went on their only power play at 10:27 of the third, and the NHL Situation Room initiated a video review of a shot by Montour at 10:48, but there was no evidence the puck crossed the goal line.

"I think everybody in the building would say it appeared to be in, but you have to have definitive proof," coach Randy Carlyle said. "That is the rule. Tonight was one of those nights it didn't go for us."

Gibson made 17 saves in the first period, including seven on Tampa Bay's two leading scorers, Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.

The Ducks were outshot 10-0 during a 7 1/2-minute stretch of the first period when Gibson made some of his best saves.

He slid to his left to turn aside a redirect from Kucherov at 9:15, denied a Stamkos backhand from in close at 13:29, and stuck out his right pad to block Stamkos' rebound attempt at 18:02.

"Our goalie held us in the first period," Ducks forward Corey Perry said. "He made some big saves for us. That wasn't the way to play a game against a team like that, but we found a way to claw back into the hockey game. A bounce here and there, it could go either way."

Tampa Bay had another prime scoring chance late in the first after Kucherov blocked a point shot from Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm. The puck caromed out to center ice, and Kucherov had a clear breakaway but shot over the net with 18 seconds left.

The Lightning outshot the Ducks 37-29, including 17-7 in the first period and 12-7 in the second. 

Vasilevskiy made 14 saves in the third, 10 after Brown's go-ahead goal.

Video: TBL@ANA: Silfverberg snaps one by Vasilevskiy

 

Goal of the game

Brown's goal at 7:18 of the third period.

Video: TBL@ANA: Brown roofs snap shot from the circle

 

Save of the game

Vasilevskiy's left-pad save on Montour's slap shot at 10:48 of the third period.

Video: TBL@ANA: Vasilevskiy stones Montour at the goal line

 

Highlight of the game

Gibson's save on Ondrej Palat's breakaway at 16:43 of the second period.

Video: TBL@ANA: Gibson denies Palat's breakaway wrister

 

They said it

"I was really impressed with the fact that we went through these three games and only gave up four goals. If you want to win in this league, you have to keep them out of your net." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper on their stinginess against the Ducks, Kings and Sharks

 

"They managed the puck and had control of the puck much more than we did early in the hockey game. We were standing around, watching, and we were playing in awe of them. If you allow that to a skilled group like the Tampa Bay Lightning, they're going to make us look ordinary, and they did." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Need to know

All five of Silfverberg's goals have come in the third period. ... Eight of Namestnikov's goals have come on the road.

 

What's next

Lightning: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; SN360, PRIME, NESN, NHL.TV)

 

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