Lightning fall to Ducks in overtime

The second period saw a return of the Lightning we have become familiar with over first ten games of the year, as the team came out flying and controlled the flow of the game. It paid off for the Lightning when Blair Jones scored his first goal of the year, tying the score at one. Jones took a great feed from Ryan Malone and got off a beautiful snapshot that beat Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller.

The Lightning opened the third period with time remaining on a power-play, and they used the fresh ice to take advantage; Lightning forward Marty St. Louis found - who else - Steven Stamkos for his 10th goal of the year to give the Lighting a 2-1 lead. Stamkos just continues to find ways to score goals without getting the patented one-timer from the left circle. The Lightning held that lead until the 15:30 mark of the third period when Kyle Palmieri, a call-up earlier today playing in his first NHL game, was able to beat Ellis for his first NHL goal, tying the game at two.

Into overtime, the Ducks took advantage of a great pass from Teemu Selanne and a defensive breakdown in front of the net that led to Ryan Getzlaf beating Dan Ellis, giving the Ducks a 3-2 overtime win.

Overall, a solid effort, especially from goaltender Dan Ellis, who kept the Lightning in the game at times, giving them the ability to earn that road point. A point on the road is never a bad thing, especially against a western conference team that you are not fighting with for a playoff spot.

The Lightning will be right back at it tomorrow when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings, and will be looking to get off to a quick first period start.

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their western road swing on Wednesday night, as they took to the ice against the Anaheim Ducks, looking to extend their winning streak to three games. With three days off since the shutout defeat in Phoenix, there was some potential for a let down. After a sluggish first period, which saw the Lightning only get two shots and fall behind 1-0 before taking a lead, they eventually fell short in overtime, by a final score of 3-2.

The Ducks jumped out to an early lead in the first period when the ageless wonder, Teemu Selanne, put them ahead on the power play 1-0; he beat Dan Ellis with a wrist shot from the left circle, one that Ellis would probably like to have back. For Selanne, the PPG was his sixth of the season. The Lightning had chances to get on the board themselves in the first, but failed to get shots on goal when they had the opportunities. Anaheim out-shot the Lightning 9-2 in the first period, which is very uncharacteristic for a Guy Boucher-coached team.

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