Vasilevski­y stops 36 shots vs. Ducks

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By ERIK ERLENDSSON

TAMPA, Fla. — After set­ting the fran­chise record for wins, Tampa Bay goalie An­drei Vasilevski­y ac­knowl­edged the guy he passed — for­mer team­mate Ben Bishop — and looked for­ward to ad­ding to his num­bers.

Vasilevski­y stopped 36 shots to earn his 132nd vic­tory as the Light­ning beat the Ana­heim Ducks 6-2 Satur­day night.

“(Bishop) was like a men­tor,’’ said Vasilevski­y, who was play­ing in his 222nd game. “I thank him and it’s nice to pass him, but that’s now in the past and hope­fully more wins to come.’’

Bray­den Point had two goals, and Nikita Kucherov, Pat Ma­roon, An­thony Cirelli and On­drej Palat also scored for the Light­ning, who have won five of their last seven games.

“We’ve been com­pet­ing harder, win­ing more pucks, win­ning more puck bat­tles, sac­ri­fic­ing more,’’ Point said. “It’s been trans­lat­ing to more wins. Hope­fully we keep do­ing that.’’

Derek Grant had a short-handed and Rickard Rakell also scored for Ana­heim. Ryan Miller fin­ished with 21 saves as the Ducks lost for the eighth time in nine games (1-5-3).

“I ex­pect more out of our group,’’ Ana­heim cap­tain Ryan Get­zlaf said. “It’s dis­ap­point­ing when we play so well. I thought we started the game prop­erly, worked hard, bat­tled hard, fought

some ad­ver­sity. … They got a power play that was kind of a (ques­tion­able) call and they scored a goal and then we quit. Sim­ple as that.’’

The Ducks trailed twice in the first two pe­ri­ods, only to an­swer both times within three min­utes.

Point’s se­cond of the night and sev­enth of the sea­son gave the Light­ning the lead for good with 7:21 left in the se­cond. He took a pass from Vic­tor Hed­man, rushed down the right wing side and put a shot un­der Miller’s arm for his se­cond multi-goal game of the sea­son to put Tampa Bay up 3-2.

The Light­ning would tack on three more after that, all of them on re­bounds right around the crease.

Ma­roon pounced on a re­bound on Mikhail Ser­gachev’s shot with 5:35 left to make it a two-goal lead. Tampa Bay scored three times on five shots in the pe­riod.

As­so­ci­ated Press

SAVE — Tampa Bay Light­ning goal­tender An­drei Vasilevski­y (88) makes a save dur­ing the third pe­riod of a game against the Ana­heim Ducks on Satur­day in Tampa.

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