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Malone scores twice as Lightning jolt Ducks

Jan 10, 2009 - 7:25 AM
By Craig Shultz PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- One night after sending Rick Tocchet into a seething rant about team character, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally displayed the quality about which their interim coach has been preaching.

Ryan Malone scored two goals, including the game-winner midway through the third period, as the Lightning bounced back from a lethargic effort by edging the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3, on Friday.

Martin St. Louis netted a goal and set up two others, Vaclav Prospal also tallied and All-Star Vincent Lecavalier notched two assists for the Lightning, who have won two of their last three contests after dropping three straight. The lone blemish in the current span came on Thursday, when the Phoenix Coyotes skated to a 3-2 win and triggered Tocchet to slam his team's culture, calling it "terrible."

Karri Ramo made 29 saves en route to his first win of the season as the Lightning beat the Ducks at the Honda Center for the first time since October 14, 2001 despite squandering a two-goal lead in the second period.

"In the second period, we ran into some penalty problems and Anaheim was really taking over," Tocchet said. "So when we got our breath after the second period, I thought the guys showed the stuff we were talking about - the will, the character to will the win. That is the sort of stuff we are looking at right there. That can go a long way for a lot of players when you win games like that."

St. Louis believes Friday's game is something off which the team can build.

"We haven't had as many wins as we'd like, but this one stands out right now," St. Louis said.

Rookie Andrew Ebbett and defensemen Steve Montador and Chris Pronger scored for Anaheim, which has dropped two in a row.

"Right now, we're not playing good-enough defense," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "Be it soft goals, soft defensive miscues, faceoff plays, penalty-killing or whatever, it seems like right now, for our group, defense has been the toughest word.

"Usually, that's one of our strongest suits, so that's what is frustrating. I know that we can play a better team defensive game, and that's what we have to do."

Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer said the team has been inconsistent.

"That has been the story of the year so far," the All-Star defenseman said. "Tonight, we definitely didn't play our best game. Every chance they had, they seemed to put in the back of the net on us. I guess that's the way it goes if you don't play your best sometimes. You pay the price for it that way."

With the game even at 3-3, Jeff Halpern skated out from behind the net and unleashed a shot, which was stopped by Jonas Hiller. Halpern collected his own rebound and dished the puck to Malone, who beat the Swiss goaltender with a wrist shot from the left side of the net with 9:10 left in the third.

"We did a good job of cycling the puck there. We had a good rotation," Malone said. "I kind of popped in the slot. (Halpern) put the puck on net and I just tried to get to the net as fast as I could for a rebound. I just tried to get it up over his pads as quickly as I could."

St. Louis gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead just 3 1/2 minutes into the contest by skating around Pronger and beating Hiller to the glove side for a shorthanded tally.

"It's a big win for us tonight," St. Louis said. "To play with this kind of effort, and with this kind of desperation and urgency and hungriness, we may give ourselves a chance."

Prospal doubled the advantage 1:41 into the second. Lecavalier sent a pass from the left faceoff circle to Prospal, who put the puck past Hiller while stationed on the doorstep.

"The whole play started in our zone. We won the puck in our corner and it was maybe just a 3-on-2 rush," Prospal said. "Evgeny (Artyukhin) gave it to (Lecavalier) on the side of the boards, and he cut in the middle. I went through the (defense) and we confused their coverage. He just slid the puck the opposite way from the goalie, and I was able to put my stick on it to redirect it in."

Anaheim halved the deficit when Ebbett scored a power-play goal seven minutes later, but Malone restored the two-goal advantage with 2:09 left in the session.

However, the flurry of goals continued and Tampa Bay coughed up its lead. The Ducks forged a tie late in the second as Montador and Pronger scored in a 12-second span with less than two minutes remaining.

Ramo was perfect in the final period, making eight saves to help Tampa Bay improve to 6-5-2 in its last 13 contests.

"(Ramo) was solid," Prospal said. "He made key saves when he had to. We didn't give him a lot of support in the 20 seconds when we let them tie the game. It still was tied, and on the road against a very good team, I think we just wanted it more than they did tonight."

Hiller turned aside 15 shots one night after relieving All-Star Jean-Sebastien Giguere midway through a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

"They definitely had more jump than we did in the early going, but then we turned the tide and momentum in our favor," Carlyle said. "It just seemed that we just weren't able to grasp it after the intermission between the second and third. You score three goals in a hockey game, you should realistically win a lot of those games."






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    Lightning 4, Ducks 3  FinalJan 10 3:49 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 1 2 1 4
    ANAHEIM 0 3 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 16 (VINCENT LECAVALIER) 3:28
    2ND PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 9 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, EVGENY
    ARTYUKHIN) 1:41
    ANA - (PP) ANDREW EBBETT 2 (BRENDAN MORRISON, BRET HEDICAN)
    8:42
    TAM - (PP) MAREK

    Jan 10 12:29 AM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 4
    ANAHEIM 3
    3RD PRD: TAM - MAREK MALIK 2 (JEFF HALPERN, MARTIN ST. LOUIS) 10:50

    Lightning 4, Ducks 3  3rd - 9:10Jan 10 12:14 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 1 2 3
    ANAHEIM 0 3 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 16 (VINCENT LECAVALIER) 3:28
    2ND PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 9 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, EVGENY
    ARTYUKHIN) 1:41
    ANA - (PP) ANDREW EBBETT 2 (BRENDAN MORRISON, BRET HEDICAN)
    8:42
    TAM

    Jan 9 11:36 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 3
    ANAHEIM 3
    2ND PRD: ANA - CHRIS PRONGER 8 (RYAN GETZLAF, DREW MILLER) 18:40

    Lightning 3, Ducks 3  2nd - 1:20Jan 9 11:35 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 3
    ANAHEIM 2
    2ND PRD: ANA - STEVE MONTADOR 3 (BRENDAN MORRISON, ANDREW EBBETT)
    18:28

    Lightning 3, Ducks 2  2nd - 1:32Jan 9 11:35 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 3
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) MAREK MALIK 1 (MARTIN ST. LOUIS, ANDREJ MESZAROS)
    17:51

    Lightning 3, Ducks 1  2nd - 2:09Jan 9 11:33 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 2
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) ANDREW EBBETT 2 (BRENDAN MORRISON, BRET HEDICAN)
    8:42

    Lightning 2, Ducks 1  2nd - 11:18Jan 9 11:15 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 2
    ANAHEIM 0
    2ND PRD: TAM - VACLAV PROSPAL 9 (VINCENT LECAVALIER, EVGENY ARTYUKHIN)
    1:41

    Lightning 2, Ducks 0  2nd - 18:19Jan 9 11:04 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 1 1
    ANAHEIM 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 16 (VINCENT LECAVALIER) 3:28
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAM 6 6
    ANA 7 7
    GOALIES: TAM - KARRI RAMO
    ANA -

    Jan 9 10:44 PM


  • NHL
    TAMPA BAY 1
    ANAHEIM 0
    1ST PRD: TAM - (SH) MARTIN ST. LOUIS 16 (VINCENT LECAVALIER) 3:28

    Lightning 1, Ducks 0  1st - 16:32Jan 9 10:15 PM