TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brian Boyle scored the first of his two goals during Tampa Bay’s three-goal first period and the Lightning beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 on Sunday.
Valtteri Filppula, Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Lightning, who had a franchise-record 10-game home winning streak end Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Los Angeles.
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who returned after missing two games due to a lower-body injury, scored his 200th NHL goal and added an assist. Anaheim fell a point behind Nashville, a 3-2 shootout winner over Florida, for the NHL’s best record.
Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen left midway through the third period when the net was dislodged from behind and landed on his back. He skated off the ice on his own, but appeared to be in some discomfort.
Ben Bishop made a nice save on Anaheim’s first shot, which came when Ryan Kesler skated down the slot alone 9 minutes into the game. The goalie had been pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first period Saturday.
Victor Hedman made several nifty stick-handling moves before sending a pass to Boyle, who beat Andersen from in-close to put the Lightning up 1-0 at 2:55 of the first.
After Filppula scored from the low slot off Steven Stamkos’ pass at 13:42, Kucherov made it 3-0 with 1:08 left in the first.
Getzlaf cut the Ducks’ deficit to 3-1 at 4:49 of the second. After a video review, the NHL said Corey Perry’s pass through the crease went off Getzlaf’s skate before entering net off Boyle’s skate.
Boyle got the goal back during a goalmouth scramble with 5:33 to go in the second.
Callahan added a third-period goal, with both Stamkos and Filppula getting their second assists of the game on the play.
The Ducks got within two goals at 5-3 on late third-period goals by Sami Vatanen and Eric Brewer.
NOTES: Lightning RW Brett Connolly had two assists. … Tampa Bay D Jason Garrison sat out a second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Getzlaf has four goals and eight points in eight games against the Lightning. … Stamkos has four assists and eight points in five games against Anaheim. … Perry has three assists and seven points during a five-game point streak. His three-game goal streak ended. … Kucherov has a goal in three straight games. … Perry has 299 NHL assists.
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