ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Lightning knew the Ducks were going to come out strong Thursday night.
Anaheim had lost four straight. Coach Randy Carlyle said he was embarrassed and called the game "tremendously important to our team." Turns out, it was Tampa Bay that was its own worst enemy in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Honda Center.
The Lightning, called for several frivolous penalties, allowed three power-play goals and might as well have been notched for a fourth, including Scott Niedermayer's winner 52 seconds into the extra period with Ryan Malone in the box for cross-checking.
But give Tampa Bay (8-4-7 overall, 4-0-3 in its past seven) credit for picking up a point for the regulation tie as it overcame a three-goal second-period deficit.
Jeff Halpern and Steven Stamkos scored in 18 seconds of the second period, and Marty St. Louis' power-play goal 1:38 into the third period sent the game to overtime.
"It was a great comeback," Stamkos said. "And we'll take our point. But we definitely have to be more disciplined."
Steve Downie and Malone each had two assists, and goaltender Mike Smith had 23 saves as Tampa Bay was outshot for the ninth straight game, 27-24.
"Five-on-five we played well," coach Rick Tocchet said. "A couple of dumb penalties, but other than that, we worked hard."
The first period was odd. The Lightning held a 9-6 shot advantage but fell behind 2-0 on two shots 11:47 apart.
The first came 6:25 in after Smith bobbled the puck behind the net and was called for interference on Corey Perry. Teemu Selanne scored from the side of the net off Ryan Getzlaf's cross-slot feed past defenseman David Hale. It was not a power-play goal — the penalty had expired three seconds earlier — but Alex Tanguay, serving the penalty, had not gotten back into the play.
The Ducks' next shot came with 1:48 remaining on Getzlaf's power-play goal from the side of the net off Selanne's perfect cross-slot pass past Hale.
The Lightning's prime chance came when goalie Jonas Hiller stopped Vinny Lecavalier's shot with 3:19 left. The rebound went right to Malone on the two-on-one. But Malone could not get a shot at the open net as Selanne hooked him to the ice.
It was 3-0 6:52 into the second on Bobby Ryan's power-play goal. Tampa Bay quickly cut the deficit to one with goals 18 seconds apart by Halpern and Stamkos.
Halpern scored from in front off Downie's pass from behind the goal line. Victor Hedman also got an assist, his first point since Oct. 12. Stamkos scored after Hiller stopped his initial shot. Stamkos, on his back after falling, whacked at the rebound that hung in the air and knocked it in at 7:41 for his team-best 14th.
First Period—1, Anaheim, Selanne 11 (Getzlaf, Perry), 6:25. 2, Anaheim, Getzlaf 3 (Selanne, Perry), 18:12 (pp). Penalties—Boynton, Ana (tripping), 3:50; Smith, TB, served by Tanguay (interference), 4:22; Krajicek, TB (interference), 18:01.
Second Period—3, Anaheim, Ryan 9 (Lupul, Boynton), 6:52 (pp). 4, Tampa Bay, Halpern 2 (Downie, Hedman), 7:23. 5, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 14 (Lecavalier, Malone), 7:41. Penalties—Konopka, TB, major (fighting), 3:10; Brown, Ana, major (fighting), 3:10; Hale, TB, double minor (high-sticking), 4:37; Meszaros, TB (high-sticking), 11:23; Foster, TB (tripping), 14:49; Marchant, Ana (tripping), 19:59.
Third Period—6, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 5 (Downie, Malone), 1:38 (pp). Penalties—Artyukhin, Ana (tripping), 7:13; Perry, Ana (tripping), 15:46.
Overtime—7, Anaheim, Niedermayer 2 (Getzlaf, Selanne), :52 (pp). Penalties—Malone, TB (cross-checking), :11. Shots on Goal—Tampa Bay 9-6-9-0—24. Anaheim 6-16-4-1—27. Power-play opportunities—Tampa Bay 1 of 4; Anaheim 3 of 7. Goalies—Tampa Bay, Smith 3-3-4 (27 shots-23 saves). Anaheim, Hiller 7-7-1 (24-21). A—14,555 (17,174).