Tampa Bay (11-19-10) at Anaheim (21-16-5) 10:00 p.m. EST
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Rookie Bobby Ryan is beginning
to find his rhythm in the professional ranks. The Anaheim Ducks
are hoping that his recent surge can translate into wins.
Ryan and the Ducks look to bounce back on Friday when they
return home to face the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning.
The 21-year-old right wing, Ryan recorded his first career hat
trick on Thursday, extending his goal-scoring streak to three
games and registering points for the ninth time in the previous
Ryan erased a 3-0 deficit by recording a natural hat trick in
less than three minutes of game time spanning the final two
periods. His flurry was not enough as the Ducks dropped a 4-3
decision to the Los Angeles Kings, falling to 3-4-2 in its last
"It's tough to succeed and have a good night when your team's
not going as well as you would like," Ryan said. "We got behind
the eight ball early and gave them too many opportunities, and
didn't take advantage of the ones we got. We didn't deserve the
two points tonight, that's for sure."
After snapping an 0-2-1 stretch with a three-goal victory over
the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday, Tampa Bay returned to its
losing ways on Thursday, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Phoenix
Jeff Halpern registered a power-play goal and an assist and
defenseman Andrej Meszaros also scored for the Lightning, who
are four points ahead of the last-place New York Islanders
(12-26-4) in the Eastern Conference.