Ducks hoping to ride Ryan's hot streak to wins

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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

10 contests.

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

nine games.

"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.


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