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Getzlaf's late overtime goal gives Ducks win over Lightning

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The Canadian Press
11/23/2013 1:25:44 AM
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf scored with 5.2 seconds left in overtime, Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in an emergency start to get his 18th career shutout, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 on Friday night.

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 got 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.

The Ducks put 42 shots on Ben Bishop, who was magnificent right to the end. Getzlaf carried the puck into the Tampa Bay zone and took a wrist shot that glanced off the bottom of Bishop's arm, but defenceman Sami Salo wasn't able to sweep away the loose puck and it dribbled across the goal line before Bishop could reach back for it. The goal was Getzlaf's 13th.

It was the first visit to Honda Center by the Lightning since Nov. 3, 2010, when the Ducks beat them 3-2 on another overtime goal by Getzlaf.

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 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 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, at Honda Center 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).

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. ... 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.

Ryan Getzlaf (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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