The Arizona Coyotes were suddenly winning games again. The Tampa Bay Lightning desperately needed to stop losing them. Something was going to give in Saturday night's matchup at Gila River Arena. Unfortunately for Arizona fans, it was the Coyotes.
Ben Bishop was outstanding as he powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes on Saturday night. The loss ended Arizona's three game winning streak.
1-0 Tampa: An ill-advised penalty by Michael Stone cost the Coyotes in the dying minutes of the first. Stone had just exited the box after taking a roughing penalty away from the play against Erik Condra when Victor Hedman fed Ondrej Palat on the far-side above the faceoff circle. Palat's innocuous shot found its way past Louis Domingue, and Tampa Bay had the lead going into intermission. Assists to Hedman and Alex Killorn on the goal at 19:03.
No scoring in this period, though there was a surprising amount of chippiness for two non-conference teams. Martin Hanzal also discovered that this is apparently embellishment on his part:
2-0 Tampa: With the net empty in the last minute of play, Arizona was set up in the offensive zone and was actively trying to work the puck around. Unfortunately, Nikita Kucherov intercepted a wayward pass that Steven Stamkos blocked and on a prayer from the defensive zone Kucherov hit the empty net to seal the win. Assist to Stamkos on the empty-net goal at 19:10.
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Arizona Coyotes|
|First Period Shots||13||7|
|Second Period Shots||11||13|
|Third Period Shots||12||12|
|Power Plays||0 for 4||0 for 6|
- For the Tampa Bay perspective, check out Raw Charge.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson missed yet another game, though he did accompany the team to San Jose for tomorrow's contest.
- 36 minutes of penalties were handed out in this game, including concurrent fighting majors to Anthony Duclair and J.T. Brown.
- Max Domi took eight shots in just under 17 minutes of ice-time.
- By virtue of not playing on special teams, Sergei Plotnikov logged only 6:11 in tonight's game.
- Louis Domingue turned aside 34 of 35 shots in his first action since Mike Smith's return to the lineup.
- Tonight's win was Ben Bishop's fifth shutout this season, and his second in three games.
- Attendance: 14,183.
Arizona is right back in action tomorrow, when they take on the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.