TB Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Tampa Bay Lightning Lightning Overall (31-9)
ATS (20-20)
O/U (23-15-2)
December 31 2018
- PRIME
ANA Anaheim Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks Ducks Overall (19-22)
ATS (18-23)
O/U (15-25-1)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123OT
2417 Tampa Bay Lightning -155 Under EVEN (-1.5) +165 UNDER: 3
1001
2418 Anaheim Ducks +135 Over -120 (+1.5) -185 Cover: 0.5
1000
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Spread ATS
2417 TB -155 Under: EVEN (-1.5) +165 UNDER: 3
2418 ANA +135 Over: -120 (+1.5) -185 Cover: 0.5
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
TB
-155
ANA
+135
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
TB(-1.5)
+165
ANA
-185
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
6
-120
6
EVEN
Recap

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning are taking their incredible roll right into the new year.

The Lightning won their sixth straight game and finished December unbeaten in regulation after a 2-1 overtime victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. They went 12-0-1 in December and are the eighth NHL team in the last 10 years to finish a calendar month without a regulation loss after playing a minimum of eight games.

Tampa Bay heads into 2019 on a 14-0-1 run and with a league-high 64 points. The Lightning are 17-1-1 over their last 19 games.

"When you're hot, you're hot and it seems like everyone is getting hot at the same time," coach Jon Cooper said. "You have to take advantage when times like this happen."

Kucherov had a goal and an assist for his ninth multipoint game in December. Kucherov and Steven Stamkos are the first set of teammates to combine for 50 or more points in a calendar month since March 2001 when four pairs — three of which were combinations from Pittsburgh — accomplished the feat. Kucherov and Stamkos combined for 23 goals and 28 assists in December.

"To think, especially in this era where there is a lot of tight checking and low-scoring games, to accumulate those types of points, it's what those guys do," Cooper said.

Brayden Point scored 35 seconds into overtime when he took a pass from Kucherov near the blue line. Point skated into the zone, chipped the puck over the stick of Anaheim's Brandon Montour and cut to the net, where he beat goalie John Gibson with a backhand.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots for his 100th NHL victory.

Nick Ritchie scored Anaheim's lone goal and Gibson made 33 saves.

The Ducks have earned one point in each of their last two games but are winless in their past six. They go into January as the first wild card in the Western Conference but are just one point ahead of Dallas and three in front of Vancouver.

"We're in a bit of a skid at the moment," captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We know what kind of group we have here. We need to get ready and get one again in January."

Kucherov, who has a goal in four straight games, opened the scoring at 6:06 of the first when he finished off a tic-tac-toe passing setup from Erik Cernak and Point with a shot that beat Gibson on his glove side. It was his ninth goal in December.

Ritchie evened it with 2:52 remaining in the period when he got a pass from Ondrej Kase and beat Vasilevskiy from point-blank range. Ritchie, who had a career-best three assists in Saturday's loss to Arizona, has a point in three straight games.

"With the long travel day and early start it looked like we were in quicksand a little bit. Anaheim was on us. We managed the puck and the game well from the second period on," Cooper said.

NOTES: Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux hold the record for most points in a month by a pair of teammates with 59 (27 goals, 32 assists). The others to reach 50 were two other pairs of Penguins — Martin Straka and Jagr (55 points) plus Straka and Lemieux (52) — along with New Jersey's Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias (50). ... Tampa Bay has picked up points in nine straight road games. ... Kase has seven goals and four assists in his last 10 games. ... The Lightning are 9-2-2 against the Ducks since the start of the 2011-12 season.

UP NEXT

Lightning: At the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Ducks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.

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Matchup
Lightning Overall
W/L 31-9
ATS 20-20
Goals For 4.2
Goals Against 2.9
Total 23-15-2
Lightning Away
W/L 14-5
ATS 8-11
Goals For 3.9
Goals Against 3.1
Total 12-7
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
7:00 PM
at Ducks W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-29
6:00 PM
Canadiens W 6-5 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-27
6:30 PM
Flyers W 6-5 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-22
9:00 PM
at Oilers W 6-3 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-20
8:00 PM
at Flames W 5-4 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-18
9:00 PM
at Canucks W 5-2 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-16
6:00 PM
at Jets L 5-4 W (1.5) O (6.5)
12-13
6:30 PM
Maple Leafs W 4-1 W (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-10
6:30 PM
Rangers W 6-3 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-8
6:00 PM
Avalanche W 7-1 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 5.1
Avg. Goals Against 3.0
ATS 6-4
Over/Under 8-2
Ducks Overall
W/L 19-22
ATS 18-23
Goals For 2.5
Goals Against 2.9
Total 15-25-1
Ducks Home
W/L 10-11
ATS 10-11
Goals For 2.8
Goals Against 2.9
Total 9-12
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
7:00 PM
Lightning L 2-1 W (1.5) U (6)
12-29
9:00 PM
Coyotes L 5-4 L (-1.5) O (5.5)
12-27
9:30 PM
at Sharks L 4-2 L (1.5) O (5.5)
12-22
6:00 PM
at Sabres L 3-0 L (1.5) U (5.5)
12-20
6:00 PM
at Bruins L 3-1 L (1.5) U (5.5)
12-18
6:00 PM
at Rangers L 3-1 L (1.5) U (6)
12-17
6:00 PM
at Penguins W 4-2 W (1.5) T (6)
12-15
6:00 PM
at Blue Jackets W 2-1 W (1.5) U (6)
12-12
9:00 PM
Stars W 6-3 W (-1.5) O (5.5)
12-9
7:00 PM
Devils W 6-5 L (-1.5) O (5.5)
Avg. Goals For 2.7
Avg. Goals Against 3.1
ATS 4-6
Over/Under 4-5-1
Game Summary
1st Period
TB 13:17 Penalty to Nikita Kucherov 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Daniel Sprong)
ANA 9:26 Penalty to Josh Mahura 2 minutes for High Sticking (Drawn by Yanni Gourde)
TB 13:54 GOAL scored by Nikita Kucherov assisted by Erik Cernak and Brayden PointTB 1 ANA 0
ANA 2:52 GOAL scored by Nick Ritchie assisted by Ondrej Kase and Josh MahuraTB 1 ANA 1
2nd Period
ANA 7:22 Penalty to Brandon Montour 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Brayden Point)
3rd Period
TB 19:14 Penalty to Yanni Gourde 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Drawn by Nick Ritchie)
ANA 19:14 Penalty to Nick Ritchie 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Yanni Gourde)
ANA 16:16 Penalty to Hampus Lindholm 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Anthony Cirelli)
Overtime
TB 4:25 GOAL scored by Brayden Point assisted by Nikita Kucherov and Victor HedmanTB 2 ANA 1
Box Score
Lightning
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Ryan Callahan (RW) 000100:008:02
Yanni Gourde (C) 000312:0015:05
Brayden Point (C) 112500:0022:02
Adam Erne (LW) 000010:0012:40
Alex Killorn (LW) 000200:0016:29
Steven Stamkos (C) 000400:0018:01
Mathieu Joseph (RW) 000100:008:06
Nikita Kucherov (RW) 112402:0023:45
Tyler Johnson (C) 000100:0015:57
Anthony Cirelli (C) 000010:0017:13
Ondrej Palat (LW) 000100:0016:07
Cedric Paquette (C) 000110:0010:03

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Dan Girardi (D) 000220:0016:29
Ryan McDonagh (D) 000200:0022:14
Victor Hedman (D) 011300:0023:52
Braydon Coburn (D) 000120:0014:29
Erik Cernak (D) 011110:0017:51
Anton Stralman (D) 000310:0019:18

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Louis Domingue (G) 0/00.000
Andrei Vasilevskiy (G) 35/361.972WIN
Ducks
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Ondrej Kase (RW) 011100:0015:03
Pontus Aberg (LW) 000300:0011:57
Andrew Cogliano (LW) 000000:0013:27
Ryan Getzlaf (C) 000410:0020:49
Daniel Sprong (RW) 000400:0012:52
Brian Gibbons (LW) 000100:009:58
Kiefer Sherwood (C) 000100:0013:54
Jakob Silfverberg (RW) 000200:0014:10
Nick Ritchie (LW) 101112:0016:25
Carter Rowney (RW) 000100:0012:19
Adam Henrique (C) 000320:0017:08
Ryan Kesler (C) 000500:0015:00

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Andy Welinski (D) 000100:0014:45
Josh Mahura (D) 011112:0011:35
Jacob Larsson (D) 000210:0017:10
Josh Manson (D) 000320:0025:04
Hampus Lindholm (D) 000232:0026:46
Brandon Montour (D) 000112:0025:23

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
John Gibson (G) 33/352.943OVERTIME_LOSS
Chad Johnson (G) 0/00.000
Officials
Linesmen Brian Murphy
Linesmen Ryan Daisy
Referee Brian Pochmara
Referee Graham Skilliter