ANAHEIM, Calif. – After nearly 65 minutes of complete frustration, the Anaheim Ducks finally were able to get a puck past Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop on their 42nd and final try—and with just 5.2 seconds to spare.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his fifth career overtime goal, Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in an emergency start to get his 18th career shutout, and the Ducks beat the Lightning 1-0 on Friday night to end a five-game winless streak.
“There was world-class goaltending tonight at both ends of the rink,” Getzlaf said. “We were thankful to get that win.”
Bishop was magnificent right to the end, but his luck ran out after Getzlaf carried the puck into the Tampa Bay zone and took a wrist shot that he stopped while on his knees. Defenceman Sami Salo wasn’t able to clear the rebound, and Getzlaf chipped the puck off the bottom of the goalie’s arm before it trickled across the goal line.
“I just knew there wasn’t that much time left, so I just wanted to go on one last rush and try to get one at the net,” Getzlaf said. “I ended up getting two cracks at it.”
The goal was Getzlaf’s 13th of the season and fifth game-winner. It came in the Lightning’s first visit to Honda Center since Nov. 3, 2010, when the Ducks beat them 3-2 on another overtime goal by the Ducks’ captain.
“Getzy plays hard. He is the leader. He logged a lot of minutes (25:04) tonight. It was only rightful,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I didn’t think anybody was going to score on those goalies. That was probably as good a goaltending display from both goaltenders I’ve seen in a very long time.”
Viktor Fasth was scheduled to start in goal for the Ducks, but sustained a lower body injury during the warm-ups. So Hiller got the call and finished with his second shutout of the season.
Hiller was tested right away, stopping shots by Richard Panik and Mark Barberio during a power play after teammate Luca Sbisa was sent off for interference 1 1/2 minutes after the opening faceoff.
“After warm-up they told me I should be ready. A couple minutes later, I’m right in the middle of it,” Hiller said. “I didn’t have too much time to think about anything. Sometimes, it’s almost easier that way. All your focus is about getting into the game, making the next stop. It was great to have some good stops early. That gave me the confidence.”
Kyle Palmieri had a chance to put the Ducks ahead with about 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation when he circled the net and attempted a wraparound with Bishop way out of position, but Salo got his stick in the way at the last instant.
Less than 2 minutes later, Tampa Bay centre Tyler Johnson made a terrific deke on defenceman Bryan Allen in the left circle and went in alone on Hiller, who thwarted him at the edge of the crease.
The Lightning, who have given up four short-handed goals already this season, were bailed out twice by Bishop in the second period on excellent scoring chances by Andrew Cogliano—the second one on a breakaway.
“Yesterday we lost 5-1 and today we tried to focus on our defence—I think we did,” forward Ondrej Palet said. “Bishop was amazing today. I think the whole team played a good game.”
The Ducks, who came in with the third-worst penalty-killing percentage, shut down four Tampa Bay power plays before getting their first chance with the man advantage. Each team had a potential power play nullified by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for diving against the player who was fouled.
Right wing Tim Jackman made his Ducks debut a day after they acquired him from Calgary, and got into a fight with B.J. Crombeen midway through the first period during his second shift.
The last time Jackman played against the Ducks on Oct. 16 at Anaheim, he received a game misconduct for butt-ending defenceman Sami Vatanen during the Flames’ 3-2 loss. Another of Jackman’s new teammates is Sbisa, who got a five-minute major for head-butting him on Feb. 6, 2012, here in the Ducks’ 3-2 shootout win.
The Lightning lost the first three games of this western trip in regulation. The point they got out of this one prevented what would have been only the third time in club history that they failed to get a single standings point during a trip of four or more games. The only times it happened were Jan. 16-21, 2001 (Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa and Columbus), and Nov. 5-11, 1997 (Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Phoenix).
“Getting one point is better than getting none,” coach Jon Cooper said. “A lot of good things happened tonight. We played extremely hard. It’s a game of bounces, and they got the bounce at the end with 5 seconds left.’
NOTES: Ducks assistant coach Scott Niedermayer was honoured by the club in a pregame ceremony for his induction into the Hall of Fame last Monday. The five-time All-Star was team captain during Anaheim’s 2006-07 Stanley Cup championship season, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. His 18-year career also included three Cups with New Jersey. … Jackman will get to face his old teammates next Friday at Anaheim. … This was Anaheim’s first 1-0 overtime win since Nov. 4, 2008, at Los Angeles, when Chris Pronger rewarded Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his 35-save effort. … Vatanen was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL after the Ducks placed D Francois Beauchemin on injured reserve. … Crombeen is among 10 forwards in the league who have played at least 20 games this season without scoring a goal. … The Lightning are 2-3-1 since leading scorer Steven Stamkos broke his right leg on Nov. 10 at Boston. … Tampa Bay is 6-1 in games that have gone past regulation.