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Lightning 3, Coyotes 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Lightning 3, Coyotes 0
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Phoenix Coyotes 0

Anthony Perez
GLENDALE – Led by a 23-save performance from goaltender Dan Ellis, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Coyotes, 3-0, Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.

The game was scoreless until Tampa Bay's Mattias Ritola scored his first NHL goal off Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle's skate at 15:59 of the second period.

The Lightning (7-2-1) extended the lead to 2-0 under similar circumstances just under five minutes into the third period when a redirection by forward Adam Hall ricocheted off the skate of Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko and past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (see KEY MOMENT below).

Steven Stamkos, who leads the NHL with 19 points, completed the scoring with a slick backhanded shot just under the crossbar with 5:22 left in the game.

With the Coyotes trying to rally in the third, the style of play became more aggressive.

About midway through the third period, Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina delivered a knee-on-knee hit to Yandle. Coyotes captain Shane Doan immediately rushed in to fight Kubina.

“He (Kubina) stuck his knee out,” Doan said. “(Yandle) is pretty important to us and it’s just one of those things that you react to when you see the knee come out that far.”

Doan received an instigation penalty and a misconduct penalty with his fighting major, while Kubina, who said there was no intent on the play, was given a kneeing penalty with his fighting major.

Just under five minutes later, Yandle also received a misconduct penalty, after he and Lightning forward Steve Downie each received roughing minors for a minor altercation.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves for the Coyotes (3-4-3).

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com contributed to this recap.
 

Tampa Bay's Adam Hall made the score 2-0 at 4:26 of the third period with a little help from one of Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko's skates.

"I would say 80 percent of our goals come that way, and 80-85 percent of the goals in the NHL are ugly goals," Tampa Bay Head Coach Guy Boucher said. "You watch the highlights and you have a tendency to think it’s all pretty plays. But it’s the ugly goals that make the difference."

Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.
 

• The Coyotes are one of only two teams that haven’t scored a power-play goal at home this season. Carolina is the other team.

• Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris missed the game because of a lower-body injury he suffered in Thursday's win at Detroit. He is listed as day-to-day. Meanwhile, Coyotes center Martin Hanzal missed his sixth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. He is expected back in the lineup on Wednesday.

• United States Senator John McCain attended the game.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette, Derek Morris, and Wojtek Wolski.

• The Coyotes are off Sunday and will resume practicing on Monday. Phoenix's next game is on Wednesday vs. the Nashville Predators at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910.
 
Shane Doan "We have a lot of players that stats-wise can contribute a lot more. If you look at our top forwards we have no goals from Doan, no goals from Wolski and no goals from Whitney. These are people we rely on for skill." "Obviously, we're not 10-0, so we have a great deal of work to do. The good thing being 10 games in is we have 72 games left where we can get better." "We frustrated their zone entry and that was the key to the win. Our defense pushed play to the outside and I was able to see shots. We have a great system, executed it to a T, and that equaled success."
Tippett Yandle Ellis
 
Ellis Downie Upshall
 
  • Feb. 23, 2011: 
  • Oct. 30, 2010: TBL 3, PHX 0
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
15:59
TBL
Mattias Ritola (1) ASST: Blair Jones (1), Ryan Malone (5)
1 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
04:26
TBL
Adam Hall (2) ASST: Nate Thompson (3), Sean Bergenheim (3)
2 - 0 TBL
14:38
TBL
Steven Stamkos (9) ASST: Steve Downie (6), Randy Jones (3)
3 - 0 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
18:42
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Roughing against  Ed Jovanovski
18:42
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Roughing against  Pavel Kubina
19:24
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Tripping against  Steven Stamkos
3rd Period
00:32
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Slashing against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
07:45
TBL
Steve Downie  Tripping against  Ed Jovanovski
12:54
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Kneeing against  Keith Yandle
12:54
PHX
Shane Doan  Misconduct (10 min)
12:54
PHX
Shane Doan  Instigator against  Pavel Kubina
12:54
PHX
Shane Doan  Fighting (maj) against  Pavel Kubina
12:54
TBL
Pavel Kubina  Fighting (maj) against  Shane Doan
17:05
PHX
Keith Yandle  Roughing against  Steve Downie
17:05
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Keith Yandle
17:05
PHX
Keith Yandle  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
3-2-1
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
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