TAMPA -- Two unanswered goals in the third period weren't enough for the Anaheim Ducks, who dropped a 5-3 contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Sunday night.
Brian Boyle, Valtteri Filppula, Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan scored for the Lightning (34-16-5), who took a two-point on the idle Detroit Red Wings for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Anaheim (34-13-7) center Ryan Getzlaf returned to the ice after missing the past two games and scored his 200th career goal. The Ducks, however, now trail the Nashville Predators by a point for the top spot in the Western Conference. Sami Vatanen and Eric Brewer also scored goals for the Ducks.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, the Lightning flipped the script and led the Ducks 3-0 after the first period Sunday.
"They came out pretty hard and we couldn’t match it," said Ducks center Nate Thompson. "They capitalized on some of our mistakes and we were playing catch up the whole game. That’s a good team. You can’t make key mistakes against them. It wasn’t our best game, but we never quit. You can see that at the end of the game. We’re going to continue doing that."
Boyle's first goal came at 2:55 of the first period after defenseman Victor Hedman split two defenders and found Boyle open in the slot for a wrist shot at close range past Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.
Filppula made it 2-0 with his 11th goal at 13:42. With the teams at even strength, Callahan backhanded a pass from the left wing towards the net where Steven Stamkos redirected it to the slot. Filppula quickly put a wrist shot past Andersen.
Kucherov made it 3-0 at 18:52 of the period after winger Tyler Johnson made a pinpoint pass to catch the tip of Kucherov's stick and he beat Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler to the goal and scored on the chip-in. Fowler slammed his stick against the boards in frustration after the play.
Getzlaf trimmed the deficit to 3-1 with his milestone goal at 4:49 of the second period. The goal was originally disallowed with the linesman ruling that the puck deflected off Getzlaf's skate. But the call was overturned after the video review determined that Corey Perry's pass deflected off of Getzlaf's skate and then off of Boyle's skate before going past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.
The Lightning extended their lead to 5-1 at 6:14 of third period on Callahan's 16th goal of the season when he scored on a put back of a wrist shot by Stamkos.
"You have to give credit to them. They were playing really well," said Thompson. "But at the same time, we weren’t making tape to tape passes, we weren’t clean coming out of the zone, we weren’t getting the puck deeps, and Bishop was able to make plays out of the zone. We were just backchecking playing in the d-zone in the first period. Whenever that happens, it’s not a good recipe for success."
Andersen was removed from the game 10:02 into the third period when the goal apparatus fell on top of him. He was replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov. Defenseman Hampus Lindholm also left the ice due to an undisclosed injury in the third period and did not return to the game.
Anaheim's five-game road trip continues Tuesday against the Florida Panthers and Thursday at Carolina.