Ducks play as Bats out of Hell and beat Lightning, 5-1
Derek Grant scored twice and John Gibson stopped 32 of 33 shots for the Anaheim Ducks as they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1, spoiling Corey Perry’s return to the team he spent the season with. most of his career. Ross Colton scored the Lightning’s lone goal while Andrei Vasilevskiy blocked 30 of his own shots in his first career loss to the Ducks.
It’s been two years since the Lightning visited Anaheim, and they may have missed the spot where the signs along the freeway all said, “Attention, Kids at Play!” The young Ducks looked like they had an extra jump up front as they swarmed the Lightning in the first period. According to Natural Stat Trick, the Ducks posted a 70% shooting share (28-12) and a 61.63% advantage on expected goals.
You could almost feel the Ducks were going to score first, but thanks to Vasilevskiy’s play, it didn’t happen until 8 minutes into the game when Derek Grant entered the Lightning zone and used Mikhail Sergachev as a screen before shoot lasers in front of Vasy. gloved hand. Was it too easy for the Ducks to transition on the ice, yes, but it was a hell of a finish from Grant.
Derek Grant (Isac Lundestrom, Hampus Lindholm) 1-0 Ducks
The Ducks continued to dominate the game, but it looked like the Lightning would have a chance to draw even if they took a late penalty. Other than a spot shot from Steven Stamkos to kick off the extra skating session, there wasn’t much pressure from the Bolts. When the penalty expired, the Lightning were caught off guard and the Ducks caught them on an odd run. Old friend Kevin Shattenkirk rebounded to make it 2-0 with just six seconds left in the period.
Kevin Shattenkirk (Greg Pateryn, Sam Carrick) 2-0 Ducks
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The Lightning were determined to play a little better to start the second and they almost got paid when Boris Katchouk found Ross Colton with a nice pass in front of the net. Gibson had to make a stellar save to keep the Lightning from taking the lead.
Any momentum they built in the opening minutes was blunted when the Lightning took back-to-back penalties. First it was Alex Killorn (his roughing penalty killed a Lightning power play). They came out of the frying pan and into the fire when Andrej Sustr took a penalty just after when he was absolutely knocked down by Richard Rackell.
Derek Grant scored his second of the night on a somewhat disappointing game for the Bolts. Andrei Vasilevskiy slid to his right to make a save, but grabbed an advantage and somehow fell out of play. Grant was in the right spot to slide the puck home.
Derek Grant (Vinni Lettieri, Jamie Drysdale) Power Play 3-0 Ducks
It looked like the third goal had woken them up a bit. Same goes for the fact that Coach Cooper mixed up the lines a bit, reuniting the school bus line and moving Cirelli to the top line with Kucherov and Point. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get past Gibson. Some days it’s not easy, some days it’s not difficult. Some days the goals don’t come at all and those are the days that never end.
No more than the parade to the penalty box at the end of the period. First it was VInni Lettieri for the outfit. A quick shot from the draw was deflected by Gibson, then Alex Killorn was given a waiting penalty. The four-on-four lasted 43 seconds before Jamie Drysdale beat Ross Colton who was heading towards the net.
All this chaos and no purpose to show.
A three down to start the final period is not an ideal way to spend a Friday night. Going down four is even worse. Once again the Ducks had plenty of open ice to work with and Vinni Lettieri punched a punch past Vasilevskiy. The Lightning goalie probably wants this one back.
Vinni Lettieri (Sam Steel, Kevin Shattenkirk) 4-0 Ducks
The Lightning managed to produce a little more offense through a Ducks penalty, but Gibson stoned Brayden Point with a nice right-foot save as Pointer dove into the crease.
Just as the power play expired, Gibson’s shutout ended. Ross Colton, the only thing in this whole world that’s pure and good and just, wherever he is and wherever he goes there will be light, once smoked past him to do it, 4-1 and breathe a little life into the Lightning.
Ross Colton (Mikhail Sergachev, Anthony Cirelli) 4-1 Ducks
Another power play for the Lightning (they had eight on the night) seemed like exactly what the doctor ordered as the first unit set up a clinic to move the puck into the zone. Twice Steven Stamkos was installed in his office and twice Gibson denied it. Brayden Point was also pushed out of the slot as the Anaheim goaltender had a game of his own. Just for fun, he overtook Stammer once more:
With the Lightning on another power play, Coach Cooper rolled the dice and retired the goaltender. It didn’t work as Nicolas Deslauriers sent one all the way down the ice and into the empty net.
Nicolas Deslauriers (Unassisted) Empty net 5-1
Empty net goals are not highlighted
This would be the final score. Cal Foote and Buddy Robinson got into a bit of a fight at center ice, but that was it for the excitement of the final five minutes of the game. From the start, it always slipped through the cracks. By the second goal, the film was over, faded to black. Too many turnovers and too slow a start doomed the Lightning that night.
The Lightning will be back on the ice tomorrow when they take on the San Jose Sharks. A victory against the Sharks would be a great end to the course. Now don’t be sad, because two out of three isn’t bad.