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Ducks drop 6th straight after Lightning’s 4-goal flurry

Ducks left wing Max Jones, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian vie for position during the first period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Ducks goaltender Lukas Dostal, left, makes a save against Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian during the second period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Ducks center Derek Grant, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn reach for the puck during the first period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy makes a save during the first period of their game against the Ducks on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov, left, and Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler compete for the puck during the second period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a goal by defenseman Zach Bogosian during the second period of their game against the Ducks on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli, right, scores against Ducks goaltender Lukas Dostal during the second period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry, right, looks to shoot against Ducks goaltender Lukas Dostal during the second period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning scored four goals in a 5:55 stretch of the second period and coasted to a 6-1 win. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul, left, defenseman Ian Colem, center, and center Ross Colton celebrate Paul’s goal during the second period of their game against the Ducks on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Ducks coach Dallas Eakins reacts to a call during the third period of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry celebrates his goal during the third period of their game against the Ducks on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Ducks goaltender Lukas Dostal, right, checks on center Adam Henrique after Henrique was injured during their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point celebrates his goal during the third period of their game against the Ducks on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Ducks center Trevor Zegras skates during the third period of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Officials work to separate Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov, in blue, and Ducks left wing Max Jones as they scuffle during the third period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Ducks center Derek Grant (38) looks for a shot against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Ducks center Sam Carrick, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon fight during the third period on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Corey Perry clears pucks prior to their game against the Ducks on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

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By JOHN KREISER The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — The Ducks are giving up goals in bunches of late, sometimes in quick flurries.

Nick Paul scored the first of four Tampa Bay goals in a span of 5:55 in the second period, and Brayden Point scored his 200th NHL goal as the Lightning dealt the Ducks their sixth straight loss, 6-1, on Tuesday night.

Ross Colton, Anthony Cirelli and Zach Bogosian also scored during the second-period outburst for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 24 saves. Tampa Bay, which is the only team in the NHL averaging more than four goals per game at home, is 14-0-1 in its last 15 games at Amalie Arena.

The Ducks’ Ryan Strome spoiled Vasilevskiy’s shutout bid, scoring 6:28 into the third period. Lukas Dostal made 38 saves for the Ducks, who are 0-5-1 in their past six games and have been outscored 36-15.

“I think we played as a team, and unfortunately the way our team is this year we have to almost play a perfect game to beat a team like this,” Strome said. “When they turned it up a notch, we had a tendency to split up rather than come together. Obviously, they’re a great team and there are a lot of lessons we can learn from that.”

Point and Corey Perry scored in the third period, and rookie defenseman Nick Perbix had three assists for Tampa Bay, which took the first 21 shots on goal in the second period before Vasilevskiy robbed Trevor Zegras with 1:09 remaining.

Paul snapped his 11-game scoring drought when he beat Dostal with a snap shot from the right circle at 7:15 of the middle period, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead with his career-high 17th goal of the season.

A little advice from Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito might have helped.

“I was sitting on 16 for a little bit, clutching my stick a little bit,” Paul said. “I saw Phil at dinner the other day and he told me to shoot the puck more, and it ended up working.”

Colton made it 2-0 at 9:48, scoring past Dostal with a shot from the right circle on a power play. Cirelli was left alone in front and slid a quick backhand shot past Dostal at 10:51. Bogosian scored his first of the season with a straightaway slap shot from just inside the blue line at 13:10.

“We dug in a little bit, played with a little more snarl in front of the net,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of his team’s improved play in the second period. “It was more blue-collar hockey.”

Point reached the 200-goal milestone when he scored a power-play goal at 1:06 of the third period.

“It’s something you never grow up thinking you’re going to do,” he said. “To do it is pretty cool. I’m getting the puck in good places.”

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Perry, who scored 372 goals during 14 seasons with the Ducks, made it 6-0 at 2:23 before Strome got the Ducks on the board.

The Ducks (17-34-7), who entered the game allowing an NHL-high 39.5 shots per game, saw Dostal face 44 one day after John Gibson faced 55 in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.

“We’re a rebuilding team,” Coach Dallas Eakins said. “We played last night and we were starting to run out of gas after a really strong first period and we’ve got to play a perfect game to be in with teams like this right now. We weren’t able to sustain the game.”

HOME COOKING

Vasilevskiy improved to 12-0-0 in his last 12 games at Amalie Arena. He is 5-1-0 lifetime against the Ducks. … Kucherov’s assist on Point’s goal extended his points streak at home to 18 games.

UP NEXT

The Ducks play the third game of their four-game trip at Washington on Thursday at 4 p.m. PT.

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