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Anaheim at Tampa Bay

Wisniewski tallies in regulation, also nets shootout winner for Ducks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TAMPA, Fla. -- James Wisniewski is becoming a shootout specialist.

The defenseman scored in regulation and added the winner in a shootout in the Anaheim Ducks' 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

"Miracles happen," injured Anaheim right wing Teemu Selanne said while Wisniewski talked with reporters.

"Thanks Teemu," Wisniewski responded. "I would say something else, but you have 595 goals."

Wisniewski has just three goals this season, but has converted both of his career shootout attempts. His other one came in the Ducks' 4-3 win at St. Louis on Jan. 23.

"We might have to stick with him," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "The guy won the last one for us, so if it's not broken, don't try and fix it."

Ryan Getzlaf also scored in the shootout for Anaheim, 2-3 on a six-game trip. The Ducks have just seven goals in regulation during their trip.

Martin St. Louis scored for Tampa Bay. The Lightning entered the game with a three-game winning streak, their longest since January 2009.

"It was a hard fought game," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. "You knew they were going to bring their 'A' game."

Tampa Bay is 2-7 this season in shootouts. The Ducks improved to 4-4.

St. Louis put the Lightning up 1-0 during a 2-on-1 at 9:47 of the first. Steven Stamkos assisted on the goal for his 100th career point, which came in his 132nd game. Stamkos had Tampa Bay's lone shootout goal.

Wisniewski tied it from the left circle on a power play at 6:36 of the second. Ryan Whitney stopped a personal 16-game points drought by assisting on the goal.

Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki had his career-high scoreless streak end at 146 minutes, 13 seconds on Wisniewski's goal. The stretch included a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

"He's given us a chance to win every night here," Tocchet said.

The Tampa Bay team goalie shutout streak record is 170 minutes, 6 seconds, set by John Grahame in the 2005-06 season.

Niittymaki made 31 saves. Anaheim's Jonas Hiller stopped 30 shots.

"Both teams were playing pretty solid in the defensive zone," Hiller said. "It's fun to play that way. As a goalie, you'd rather have a 1-1 game than like a 7-7 game."

Lightning right wing Steve Downie received a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct during a scrum with 1:32 left in the third.

Notes

  • Selanne (broken jaw) has resumed practicing. He has missed the past eight games.
  • Stamkos has four assists and seven points during a five-game points streak.
  • Flyers senior vice president Bobby Clarke scouted the game.
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After scoring Anaheim's goal in regulation, James Wisniewski also hits the winner in the shootout. (AP)
After scoring Anaheim's goal in regulation, James Wisniewski also hits the winner in the shootout. (AP)

Scoreboard
Anaheim  (25-23-7) «01001 (2)2
Tampa Bay (22-20-11)10000 (1)1
Three Stars
J. Hiller
ANA


Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .968
A. Niittymaki
TB


Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .969
R. Getzlaf
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:47Martin St. Louis (16), Snap Shot. Assist: Stamkos
2ND PERIOD
06:36Power Play - James Wisniewski (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Getzlaf, Whitney
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
None
2OT
 Steven Stamkos (2), GOAL
 Ryan Getzlaf (3), GOAL
 James Wisniewski (2), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:25Parros, 5 min, Fighting
02:25Walker, 5 min, Fighting
06:12Festerling, 2 min, Hooking
08:24Downie, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
08:24Wisniewski, 2 min, Roughing
11:31Foster, 2 min, Cross-Checking
11:31Parros, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
05:19Meszaros, 2 min, Cross-Checking
07:28Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
07:28Bodie, 5 min, Fighting
13:58Carter, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
07:09Smaby, 2 min, Cross-Checking
18:28Sexton, 10 min, Misconduct
18:28Downie, 10 min, Misconduct
18:28Downie, 10 min, Game Misconduct
18:28Whitney, 2 min, Roughing
18:28Hedman, 2 min, Roughing
OT
None
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Anaheim129930
Tampa Bay881127
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Jonas Hiller 64:5830131
Antero Niittymaki 65:0031132
Game Information
Attendance - 15230
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Stephen Walkom
Linesmen - Dan Schachte, Pierre Racicot
 
Other Games
Colo 2 Final
Dal 3
Bos 1 Final
Buf 2
Tor 4 Final
OT
NJ 5
Nash 2 Final
Det 4
Fla 1 Final
Wash 4