Lightning 2, Coyotes 1
TAMPA Fla. (AP) _ Dino Ciccarelli completed his goal sweep of the NHL with a timely score for the resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ciccarelli capped a two-goal burst in a 34-second span of the second period as Tampa Bay beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Wednesday night.
The 18-year pro has at least one goal against every team he has faced. The list includes all 26 current teams and five that have relocated.
Ciccarelli, ninth on the career list with 590 goals, was making his second appearance since elbow surgery Nov. 7. He hadn’t scored since Oct. 21.
``We’re trying to change our ways around here,″ Ciccarelli said. ``I think we’ll get our goals, but if we shut them down defensively and play good defense we’ve got a chance to win every night. There’s a lot of good things happening.″
Paul Ysebaert scored 34 seconds earlier for the Lightning, who got a 26-save performance from Daren Puppa. Ysebaert’s breakaway goal at 12:25 was followed by Ciccarelli’s drive from the right circle.
Since snapping a franchise record 16-game winless streak Nov. 19, Tampa Bay is 3-1-2. The Lightning also won for the first time (1-5-1) when trailing after one period.
Puppa stopped point-blank, second-period chances by Rick Tocchet and Juha Ylonen, and Teppo Numminen’s blue-line drive hit the post.
``Puppa was the best player on the ice tonight,″ Phoenix coach Jim Schoenfeld said. ``Our forwards played a great game, but Puppa had himself a night.″
Puppa stopped Jeremy Roenick twice in the final period.
``We’re playing positive with confidence,″ Puppa said. ``We’re playing smarter and not making the gross mistakes like we have been.″
Despite being outshot 8-5 in the opening period, Phoenix went ahead 1-0 on Darrin Shannon’s goal at 13:18.
Phoenix goalie Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside several outstanding scoring chances, including Ciccarelli’s penalty shot 20 seconds before Shannon notched his first goal this season.
Ciccarelli was awarded the attempt by referee Stephen Walkom after being pulled down by John Slaney during a breakaway.
Khabibulin, who has stopped all three penalty shots he’s faced in his NHL career, rejected Ciccarelli’s effort to put a shot between the goalie’s pads.
The Lightning have misfired on two penalty shots this season. Rob Zaumner was stopped by Chicago’s Chris Terreri on Oct. 9.
Ciccarelli’s try was the 12th this season in the NHL. It was the fifth time the shooter failed to score.
Tampa Bay defenseman Jamie Huscroft, who assisted on Ysebaert’s goal, saw a 24-game point drought end.
Phoenix defenseman Gerald Diduck (back spasms) and right wing Dallas Drake (knee) left the game with injuries.