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Tampa Bay Lightning beats Anaheim Ducks 4-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. — If the Lightning is going to be consistently competitive, coach Rick Tocchet said, the culture of the locker room has to change.

That means making sure losing is a big deal.

"It seems like we accept it," he said before Friday's game. " 'Nice try.' You can't win that way."

So Tocchet, still seething over Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Coyotes, got his players on the ice Friday morning for a 20-minute lecture before sending them back to the locker room without skating.

The tactic worked as the Lightning on Friday earned a 4-3 victory over the Ducks at the Honda Center.

Ryan Malone's second goal, his 12th of the season, with 9:10 left in the third period, broke a 3-3 tie and gave Tampa Bay (12-19-10) two wins among the first three games of a five-game road trip.

Marty St. Louis had a goal and three points. Vinny Prospal scored, and Vinny Lecavalier had two assists.

Karri Ramo, called up Dec. 21 because of Olie Kolzig's left arm injury and who had not played since Dec. 20 for AHL Norfolk, got the win with 29 saves as Anaheim outshot the Lightning 32-19.

His only blip: goals by Steve Montadore and Chris Pronger 12 seconds apart that tied the score 3-3 with 1:20 left in the second period.

Why was Tocchet so upset before the game? Because after four days at a plush Scottsdale, Ariz., resort for golf and team bonding, the players laid a huge egg in the 3-2 loss to Phoenix.

"If guys can't be men, you have to treat them like kids," Tocchet said. "We have to really start tying the knot to them even more. Maybe I'm the idiot for giving them too much rope."

Tocchet sent another message by breaking up the MVP line of Lecavalier, St. Louis and Prospal. He also benched No. 1 draft choice Steven Stamkos.

The Lightning was outshot 7-6 in the first period but played with energy and forced the play for most of the period.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead 3:28 into the game as St. Louis beat goalie Jonas Hiller with a forehand for his second short-handed goal after steaming past defenseman Chris Pronger.

St. Louis made his presence felt again with 6:25 left when he stole a puck at the Anaheim blue line and fed Malone, whom Hiller stopped.

Anaheim completely took the second period momentum, outshooting Tampa Bay 17-6.

Still, Prospal's goal 1:41 in off a perfect pass from Lecavalier gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead. Andrew Ebbett made it 2-1 with a power- play goal at 8:42. Malone's power- play goal with 2:09 left made it 3-1.

Lightning 1 2 1 4
Ducks 0 3 0 3
Lightning 1 2 1 4
Ducks 0 3 0 3

First Period1, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 16 (Lecavalier), 3:28 (sh). PenaltiesCraig, TB (tripping), 2:24; S.Niedermayer, Ana (hooking), 7:33; Ranger, TB (tripping), 14:28.

Second Period2, Tampa Bay, Prospal 9 (Lecavalier, Artyukhin), 1:41. 3, Anaheim, Ebbett 2 (Morrison, Hedican), 8:42 (pp). 4, Tampa Bay, Malone 11 (St. Louis, Meszaros), 17:51 (pp). 5, Anaheim, Montador 3 (Morrison, Ebbett), 18:28. 6, Anaheim, Pronger 8 (Getzlaf, Miller), 18:40. PenaltiesSmaby, TB (tripping), 7:22; Eminger, TB (holding), 10:26; Pronger, Ana (cross-checking), 17:40; Pronger, Ana (hooking), 19:58.

Third Period7, Tampa Bay, Malone 12 (Halpern, St. Louis), 10:50. PenaltiesPettinger, TB, major (fighting), 5:43; Getzlaf, Ana, major (fighting), 5:43. Shots on GoalTampa Bay 6-6-7—19. Anaheim 7-17-8—32. Power-play opportunitiesTampa Bay 1 of 3; Anaheim 1 of 4. GoaliesTampa Bay, Ramo 1-0-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Anaheim, Hiller 10-8-1 (19-15). A17,174 (17,174).

Lightning 4

Ducks 3

Tampa Bay Lightning beats Anaheim Ducks 4-3 01/09/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 6:10pm]
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