Coyotes beat Lightning as Stamkos sits with injury
Mar. 27, 2018
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist to lead the Arizona Coyotes over the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Monday night.
The Coyotes got two goals from defensemen as Trevor Murphy and Jacob Chychrun each scored to help Arizona improve to 17-12-6 since January. Brendan Perlini also scored for the Coyotes, and Antti Raanta had 19 saves
Chychrun scored the winner on the power play at 17:22 of the second period.
The Lightning played without captain Steven Stamkos, who missed the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Tampa Bay has lost consecutive games for the second time in 10 days. Since scoring seven goals against the New York Islanders on Thursday, the Lightning have two goals in two games.
Tampa Bay has been in first place in the Eastern Conference since Oct. 19 but is just two points ahead of the Boston Bruins, who have played two fewer games.
Nikita Kucherov scored on the power play with 5:23 left for his 38th goal. Louis Domingue made 31 saves facing the team he started the season with.
After a scoreless first period, Murphy fired a slap shot from the outside of the left circle that hit off the inside back post at 10:45 for his first career goal. Chychrun's goal, on an open look from the slot with Domingue prone on the ice, made it 2-0.
Arizona, which blew a 2-0 lead in the third period Saturday against Florida, increased the lead to 3-0 when Perlini was in the slot for a quick one-timer off a feed from Dylan Strome. The goal was originally waived off for goaltender interference but overturned on a challenge.
NOTES: Keller extended his scoring streak to nine games. Keller registered his 60th point of the season to become the 22nd player in franchise history to reach the milestone and set a franchise rookie record with his 23rd goal. ... Tampa Bay RW Adam Erne left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Lightning D Slater Koekkoek was in the lineup for the first time since March 8. He was a healthy scratch in 11 of the previous 12 games.
Lightning: At Boston on Thursday night.
Coyotes: At Vegas on Wednesday night.
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