Point's Pair Leads Bolts To Win Over Ducks

TAMPA (WDAE) -- Brayden Point scored twice and Ondrej Palat tallied his 100th career goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning earned their second straight win defeating the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay got the scoring started late in the first period, as a shot by Jan Rutta from the right point was stopped by Ducks goalie Ryan Miller, but the puck dropped down into the crease behind his skate, and Brayden Point nudged it into the net for his sixth goal of the season.

The lead did not last long, as on the penalty kill from an Erik Gudbranson tripping call, Nikita Kucherov's pass out of the defensive zone deflected off the referee and right to Derek Grant, who wristed it past Andrei Vasilevskiy to tie the game back up.

The second period started with the Lightning spending most of the time in their defensive zone, but Tampa Bay was still able to break the tie as Nikita Kucherov beat Miller for his seventh goal of the season.

But Anaheim kept the pressure on, and Jan Rutta was forced to take a hooking penalty on the next shift, which allowed the Ducks to put the pressure on with the man-advantage. Just as the penalty ended, Rickard Rakell notched his eighth goal of the year to again get the game even.

The Lightning took charge from that point, scoring twice in the final eight minutes of the period. Point's power play wrister beat Miller to make it 3-2, and Pat Maroon's put-back gave the Bolts a two-goal advantage.

Tampa Bay added two more power play goals in the third period, with Cirelli and Palat pushing the advantage out to 6-2.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st Period

  1. TBL: GOAL - Brayden Point (6). ASSISTS - Rutta, Conacher. TIME - 16:08.
  2. ANA: GOAL (SH) - Derek Grant (6) ASSISTS - none. TIME - 18:00

2nd Period

  1. TBL: GOAL - Nikita Kucherov (7). ASSISTS - Cirelli, Killorn. TIME - 5:28
  2. ANA: GOAL - Rickard Rakell (8). ASSISTS - Getzlaf, Fowler. TIME - 7:57
  3. TBL: GOAL (PP) - Brayden Point (7). ASSISTS - Hedman, Vasilevskiy. TIME - 12:49.
  4. TBL: GOAL - Pat Maroon (5). ASSISTS - Paquette, Sergachev. TIME - 14:25.

3rd Period

  1. TBL: GOAL (PP) - Anthony Cirelli (5). ASSISTS - Kucherov, Hedman. TIME - 6:20.
  2. TBL: GOAL (PP) - Ondrej Palat (7). ASSISTS - Shattenkirk, Gourde. TIME - 17:28.

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