Vasilevskiy stops 36 shots vs. Ducks
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.
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.