ANAHEIM, Calif. — Coach Guy Boucher said circumstances were conspiring against the Lightning before Wednesday night's game.
With three days to stew about a bad loss to the Sharks and with general manager Bob Murray's threats of change in their ears, the Ducks, Boucher said, "are going to come out like lions out of a cage."
Actually, it was Anaheim's Teemu Selanne who played like a lion in a 3-2 overtime victory. He scored a goal and assisted on Ryan Getzlaf's winner with 2:07 left in the extra period.
Tampa Bay (7-2-2) got a point for the regulation tie, which kept it atop the Eastern Conference with 16 points and set up an interesting game tonight against the West-leading Kings.
The Lightning will bemoan lost chances. It had a 2-1 lead 21 seconds into the third period on Steven Stamkos' 10th goal, on the power play. That came after Blair Jones scored his first of the season in the second period to tie the score 1-1.
But the Ducks' Kyle Palmieri scored his first NHL goal with 4:20 left in regulation from the slot, where he was left alone and received a pass from Bobby Ryan.
Tampa Bay also again was sluggish out of the third period and was outshot 9-2, and though it ended with a 34-30 shot advantage, Anaheim had allowed an average of 38.8 shots per game, and the Lightning got zero shots in overtime. Goaltender Dan Ellis made 27 saves.
Selanne's power-play goal gave the Ducks a 1-0 first-period lead. Tampa Bay, which did not get a shot in the final 9:07, added to the misery by squandering early chances such as a four-minute power play when Josh Green drew blood with a high stick on Dana Tyrell.
The Lightning, who entered on a 3 for 22 streak with the man advantage, could not muster a shot before a penalty for too many men on the ice wiped out the last 36 seconds.
Selanne's goal with 7:38 left was the 612th of his career, a wrist shot that hit Ellis and deflected in.
Boucher shook up the lines to start the second and even had a line of Stamkos, Lecavalier and St. Louis, and Tampa Bay outshot the Ducks 15-10. Jones tied the score 2:38 in on a snap shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle that beat Jonas Hiller high off Ryan Malone's feed from behind the goal line.
Stamkos' goal, which gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead, was the Lightning's first five-on-four goal since the first period of an Oct. 22 victory over the Thrashers.
But the Ducks evened the score with 4:20 remaining on Palmieri's goal, which the Lightning defense and forwards did not contest.
First Period—1, Anaheim, Selanne 6 (Perry, Visnovsky), 12:22 (pp). Penalties—Green, Ana, double minor (high-sticking), 3:41; Tampa Bay bench, served by Downie (too many men), 7:05; R.Jones, TB (tripping), 11:23; Ohlund, TB (tripping), 13:26.
Second Period—2, Tampa Bay, B.Jones 1 (Malone, Purcell), 2:38. Penalties—Ohlund, TB (slashing), 7:27; Getzlaf, Ana (slashing), 16:54; Ryan, Ana (hooking), 19:01.
Third Period—3, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 10 (St. Louis, Lecavalier), :21 (pp). 4, Anaheim, Palmieri 1 (Ryan, Visnovsky), 15:40. Penalties—Malone, TB (tripping), 1:35.
Overtime—5, Anaheim, Getzlaf 5 (Selanne, Lydman), 2:53. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Tampa Bay 2-15-17-0—34. Anaheim 9-10-10-1—30. Power-play opportunities—Tampa Bay 1 of 4; Anaheim 1 of 5. Goalies—Tampa Bay, Ellis 3-2-2 (30 shots-27 saves). Anaheim, Hiller 4-5-1 (34-32). A—13,034 (17,174).