Game Recap: Boyle Beats Bernier In Shootout For The Win


Brian Boyle scored the game winning goal in the shootout to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena last night.

Alex Killorn and Jonathan Drouin scored, and Nikita Kucherov had two assists for the Lightning (23-24-6), who won for the first time in four games. Ben Bishop made 14 saves through overtime, and then denied two of four Ducks in the shootout.

At 8:14 Anaheim’s Brandon Montour fired a shot past Ben Bishop from the right circle. Anaheim got on the board first. Goal was assisted by Jakob Silfverberg (18) and Ryan Kesler (23).

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J.T. Brown and Joseph Cramarossa dropped the gloves and  a big fight ensued. Brown got beat down early but came back with a flourish of hands at the end and a WWE takedown.

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The Bolts Jonathan Drouin tied the game at  9:48, scoring his 15th of the year, assisted by Tyler Johnson (17) and Nikita Kucherov (7). Johnson now has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last six games.

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The first period ended 1-1 with shots in favor of Anaheim 9-6.

The second period saw Alex Killorn score on a one timer, beating Jonathan Bernier for his 16th of the year. The power play goal was assisted by Nikita Kucherov (28) at 10:58. Killorn has scored three goals over his last three games.

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The second period ended 2-1 Lightning with shots 22-12 in favor of Tampa Bay.

Ryan Getzlaf scored his eighth to tie the game at 4:02 of the third period, assisted by Kevin Bieksa (4) and Kesler (24).

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The third period ended 2-2 forcing overtime.

No scoring in the overtime as the game went to a shootout,where Bernier turned aside Kucherov’s overtime breakaway shot.The goalie got help late in the second when defenseman Hampus Lindholm blocked Kucherov’s in-close chance.

Tampa Bay is 8-0-5 against Anaheim since the Ducks beat the Lightning 4-3 on Dec. 9, 2006.

NOTES: Tampa Bay defensemen have struggled scoring goals. Those with long droughts include Jason Garrison (27 games), Braydon Coburn (21), Andrej Sustr (21), Victor Hedman (14) and Anton Stralman (10). … Ducks D Sami Vatanen, hurt Friday at Florida, didn’t play due to an upper-body injury. … Tampa Bay LW Ondrej Palat sat out with a lower-body injury. … Anaheim D Kevin Bieksa got his 200th assist on Getzlaf’s goal.

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Tampa Bay will host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at 7:30 PM in Amalie Arena.

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