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Lightning falls to Ducks in OT

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Lightning faced a formidable challenge in the final game of what had been a thoroughly disappointing four-game West Coast trip.

In the second of back-to-back games, facing the Ducks — one of two teams (the Coyotes are the other) without a regulation home loss — Tampa Bay sought to salvage two points, not to mention some pride, before heading home. Instead it fell 1-0 in overtime to end the road trip 0-3-1.

Goaltender Ben Bishop was upstanding for Tampa Bay (14-8-1) with a season-high 41 saves as Anaheim had a 42-31 shot advantage. He even stopped three shorthanded breakaways.

But Bishop could not stop Ryan Getzlaf, who scored with 5.2 seconds left in the extra period Friday night as his wrist shot from the left faceoff circle squeaked through and barely trickled over the goal line.

It was Tampa Bay's first loss in its seventh game in overtime or a shootout, though it got a point for a regulation tie.

Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, a late replacement for Viktor Fasth, who was injured during warmups, was outstanding as well with 31 saves.

Tampa Bay was 0-for-6 on the power play in the game and also lost Radko Gudas midway through the second period with an upper-body injury sustained presumably in a first-period fight with Luca Sbisa.

As the first period wore on, the Ducks forced the action and created quality scoring chances while outshooting Tampa Bay 16-8. The Lightning had only two shots in the final 14:24.

Good thing Bishop, after two subpar outings, was sharp as several times he bailed out his teammates.

That began early as Getzlaf took the puck off Victor Hedman's stick at the Ducks' blue line and steamed in on Bishop on a shorthanded breakaway. Getzlaf tried to go five-hole, but Bishop made the save 1:43 into the game.

Gudas, in his fight with Sbisa, took a stiff right hand and went to the trainers room for the final 5:36 of the period. The defenseman took three shifts in the second period but did not play the rest of the game.

The second period was another strong one for Bishop, who stopped Andrew Cogliano on two shorthanded breakaways. On the other end of the ice, Tampa Bay's power play could not crack Hiller.

Trade possible

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman says he could deal for a veteran if the situation warrants and the deal is right. 5C

Lightning falls to Ducks in OT 11/22/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 23, 2013 1:16am]
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