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Arizona Coyotes still not quite good enough in 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay Lightning

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Arizona's effort comes up just short for the second time in a row.

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There is no such thing as a moral victory in the NHL, as the Arizona Coyotes are finding out on this road trip.

Despite playing fairly well two nights in a row, the Coyotes just have not done enough to come away with two points, as they fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a final score of 2-1 in Tampa Bay.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Tampa Bay: Future Maple Leaf great Tampa's stud forward Steven Stamkos opened the scoring in the first frame by being unselfish. He drop passed the puck to Ryan Callahan, who took a shot from the point towards the net. Stamkos was in perfect position to hack away at the loose puck in the crease until it rolled over the goal line. Assists to Callahan and Alex Killorn on the goal at 12:38.

Second Period

2-0 Tampa Bay: Arizona's power play continues to be more of a liability than an asset. This time, the Coyotes gave up a penalty shot on a breakaway by Cedric Paquette. One on one with Domingue, Paquette buried the puck to give the Lightning a huge momentum boost going into the second intermission. Unassisted penalty shot goal at 19:55.

Third Period

2-1 Tampa Bay: If you blinked, you probably missed Arizona's lone goal on the night. On an offensive zone faceoff win, the puck slid back to Michael Stone on the point. Stone's shot appeared to get deflected by Jordan Martinook on the way in, and that was enough to beat Andrei Vasilevskiy. Assists to Stone and Shane Doan on the goal at 4:06.

Stat Report

Arizona Coyotes Tampa Bay Lightning
First Period Shots 8 18
Second Period Shots 10 10
Third Period Shots 12 8
Total Shots 30 36
Power Plays 0 for 2 0 for 2
Faceoff Wins 40 32
Save Percentage .944 .967

Paw Prints

  • For the Tampa reaction, check out Raw Charge.
  • Niklas Grossmann and Jarred Tinordi took a seat in favor of Klas Dahlbeck and Tyler Gaudet, who did not play last night.
  • If Oliver Ekman-Larsson is feeling the injury he sustained on Saturday night, it's not showing up in his minutes. He played 25:51 to lead all players.
  • Tampa Bay is now 16-6-0 and 11-2-0 at home since 2016 began.
  • Arizona only received one power play: a double-minor against Ondrej Palat. Tyler Johnson took an embellishment penalty in the third as Martin Hanzal was sent to the box for tripping.
  • For the second night in a row, Mikkel Boedker went shotless.

Looking Ahead

Arizona stays in Florida for the next couple of days as they travel to Sunrise to play the Florida Panthers. Puck drop is at 5:30 PM Arizona time on Thursday.