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Anaheim 4, Tampa Bay 2

Wednesday, 12.14.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Anaheim 4, Tampa Bay 2

Anaheim rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin registered two assists and scored the eventual game-winner to lead the Mighty Ducks over the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, on Wednesday night at the Arrowhead Pond.

The victory was the Ducks’ fifth on home ice in their last six contests.  Anaheim is also 6-2-1 in their last nine games overall.

“We just had a good start and put the pressure on them,” said Beauchemin. 
“We wanted to come out hard tonight and that’s what we did. It got them tired in the end. It was really great for us. I couldn’t have asked for more right now.”

The Ducks went down early in the second period when the Bolts’ Brad Richards (11, Boyle, Lecavalier) beat JS Giguere on the power play at 2:54 of the period. 

Anaheim would strike back with two deflections, less than a minute apart in the second period, to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.

Todd Marchant (4, S. Niedermayer, Beauchemin) tied the contest at 4:29 of the second period when the center deflected a Scott Niedermayer slap shot past Lightning goaltender John Grahame.

Zenon Konopka (4, Beauchemin, Lupul) broke the tie, on the power play, at 5:12 of the second by tipping home a high shot off the stick of Beauchemin to give the Ducks the 2-1 lead.

In the third period, the Ducks would take a 3-1 lead on Beauchemin's power play goal (2, McDonald, Sykora), his third point of the contest.  The rookie blue-liner crashed the net from his point position to jam a loose puck by Grahame for what would prove to be the game-winner for the Ducks.

“It was just one of those nights where I was able to take the puck to the net,” said Beauchemin.  “We have been working on our power play and it paid off. I just happened to take the puck in and get a goal.”

Vaclav Prospal scored his 14th goal of the season to cut the Ducks' lead to 3-2 at 17:14 of the third period.  It wasn’t enough as center Rob Niedermayer (9, Pahlsson, Carney) added an empty net tally to seal the victory for the Ducks.

“Tonight was our best team effort of the year, said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.  “We started to shoot the puck and got some breaks. It was a high-paced hockey game.”

Anaheim will next face the rival Los Angeles Kings at the Arrowhead Pond on Friday at 7:30 PM. 

NOTES: Beauchemin tied a club record for rookie defensemen with his three point effort (1-2=3).  The feat had been achieved three times previously, the last by Mike Crowley on October 21, 1998 vs. Boston…Marchant’s second period goal was his first as a Mighty Duck…Joffrey Lupul has eight points (4-4=8) in his last eight games.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
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11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28


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