NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 16th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (7-4-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-8-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to stretch their points
streak to six games tonight, when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes and
The Lightning are 3-0-2 over their last five games, but had a two-game win
streak end with Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Kings.
Ryan Malone scored a game-tying, third-period goal for the second contest in a
row and Antero Niittymaki stopped 29-of-30 shots faced before getting beat by
Anze Kopitar in the final session.
Tampa Bay thought it had scored the winning goal in overtime, but Paul
Szczechura's marker was waived off due to goaltender interference.
"We wanted to get back in that game after we got down a goal. In overtime we
thought we had it and you have to just re-focus after they make a call against
you," said Bolts forward James Wright.
Steven Stamkos, the top overall pick in the 2008 draft, picked up an assist
and has 20 points through 17 games. He had 46 points in 79 games last year.
The Lightning begin a four-game road trip tonight and are 2-4-2 as the guest
this year. They have lost five of their last eight as the road team in this
series, including a 3-2 setback in Phoenix a season ago.
That one-goal win by the Coyotes snapped a six-game losing streak to the
Lightning, who have still taken seven of the last 11 meetings.
Phoenix notched a 3-2 victory over Dallas on Saturday and has split the first
two games of a three-game homestand. Radim Vrbata netted the eventual game-
winner early in the third period, Robert Lang had a goal and an assist and
David Schlemko also scored for the Coyotes.
"I thought there was a couple of calls that were questionable but I like the
way our guys dug in and we battled through it," said Phoenix head coach Dave
Tippett. "That's a good hockey team over there...They've got some high-end
forwards that can make things tough on you. I thought our guys battled right
to the end, goaltender included."
Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves as Phoenix snapped a two-game skid and improved
to 6-4-0 as the host this season.
11/16 10:58:25 ET