Ducks Earn A Point Against Lightning

Photo: AP

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks closed out the homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Ducks recalled Alex Stalock as John Gibson was unavailable for personal reasons. Lukas Dostal was in net against Jonas Johansson.

Leo Carlsson returned to the lineup, but Trevor Zegras (ankle) and Radko Gudas (shoulder) both remained out. Brayden Point and Victor Hedman were both out with lower-body injuries for Tampa Bay.


Ross Johnston got the Ducks on the board first in the opening period. Jakob Silfverberg threw the puck toward Johnston, who tipped the pass over the shoulder of Johansson for the score.

Both teams had abbreviated power plays in the first period and did not convert. Ducks led 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes.

In the beginning of the second period, Tampa Bay got into penalty trouble. The Ducks had a 5-on-3 power play, but couldn’t score. Shortly after killing off the penalties Anthony Duclair scored to tie the game.

Towards the end of the period the Lightning took a 2-1 lead. Luke Glendening scored on a rebound to give Tampa Bay a one goal lead after two periods.

Pavel Mintyukov scored early in the third period to tie things up at two. He beat Johansson with a wrist shot down low.

The teams battled to a regulation tie and overtime would be needed for this one.

In the extra session Anthony Cirelli would score on a 2-0 rush to win the game. Mason McTavish turned over the puck, which led to the counter attack and eventual game winner.


The Ducks played a solid game against a playoff team. Anaheim out shot Tampa Bay in the first and third periods and over held a 32 to 27 advantage. At even strength the Ducks posted a 46.32 CF% and 44.78 FF%.

McTavish nearly mad it 2-0 early in the second period with a sneaky wrap around play, but the puck stayed out of the net. The Ducks also had a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute, but came up empty. A goal would have given Anaheim some momentum, but instead Tampa Bay scored shortly after giving them a boost.

Dostal looked solid again as Gibson was out for personal reasons. There wasn’t much he could do in overtime with the 2-0 rush after the turnover. Unfortunate ending to a game that the Ducks played well in overall.


Johntson’s goal was his first as a Duck.

What’s Next?

The Ducks travel to Seattle to play the Kraken Tuesday at 7PM.

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March 25th, 2024


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