ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Francois Beauchemin and his Anaheim
teammates had been putting in extra practice on the power play,
with good reason.
After going 1-for-22 on the power play over four games, the
Mighty Ducks scored twice in seven chances Wednesday night to end
Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.
Beauchemin assisted on Anaheim's first two goals, then scored
the third himself.
"It was just one of those nights were I was able to take the
puck to the net," the Mighty Ducks' defenseman said. "We have
been working on our power play and it paid off."
The three points were a career high for the 25-year-old
Beauchemin, who has six points in his last five games. His
third-period goal that put the Ducks up 3-1 was only his second in
"I've gotten the opportunity to play with Scott Niedermayer,
who is the best defenseman in the league. That has given me
confidence as well," said Beauchemin, who spent 2004-05 with
Syracuse in the AHL and came to Anaheim as part of the trade last
month that sent Sergei Fedorov to Columbus.
Beauchemin capped his big night with a power-play goal at 8:20
of the third period to give Anaheim a two-goal lead. Andy McDonald,
right of the goal near the goal line, passed across the crease and
Grahame sprawled forward but couldn't completely block the pass.
Beauchemin, near the left post, poked the bouncing puck into the
Prospal scored with 2:46 left cut it to 3-2, but Rob
Niedermayer's ninth goal built the Ducks' lead back.
Prospal's goal was his 14th, but his first in 12 games.
"So it was good for me to get one past Giguere," he said.
"Unfortunately, it didn't mean anything for us."
After falling behind 1-0 early in the second period, the Ducks
came back quickly to score twice in a 43-second span.
Konopka gave Anaheim the lead when he scored on a power play at
5:12 of the second. He deflected Beauchemin's shot from the top of
the left circle and the puck sailed past Grahame on the stick side,
just inside the left post.
The Lightning goalie had just given up a goal to Marchant, with
that shot just inside the right post. Marchant tied it when he
redirected Scott Niedermayer's shot from the right point at 4:29.
The Lightning went 1-of-7 on the power play. ... The last
time the teams met, Giguere stopped 31 shots at Tampa in a 2-0
victory on Dec. 29, 2003, for his only road shutout of that season.
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Arena: Honda Center Location: Anaheim, California
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Brad Watson Linesmen: Lyle Seitz, Anthony Sericolo
Attendance: 12,286 (71.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Brad Richards (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier
Todd Marchant (4)
Assists: Scott Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin