Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
Tampa Bay
Lightning
Phoenix
Coyotes

19 SOG
31 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
TBL
PHX
  • Preview
  • Watch
  • Ice Tracker
  • Boxscore
  • Recap
  • photos (32)
game recap

Lecavalier helps Lightning keep streak alive

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Share with your Friends


Lecavalier helps Lightning keep streak alive
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Phoenix Coyotes 1
With only one goal in his last eight games, it was only a matter of time before Vincent Lecavalier got back on track.

He did at the expense of the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.

Lecavalier scored twice and added an assist and Mike Smith made 30 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their points streak to six games with a 4-1 win at Jobing.com Arena. Tampa Bay is 4-0-2 during this impressive stretch.

Lecavalier gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead 5:59 into the game, when his backhander from the right circle found its way past Jason LaBarbera, who stopped only 15 of 19 shots.  

''They weren't beautiful goals at all, just shots on net going in,'' Lecavalier said. ''They've been tough to get this year.''

Alex Tanguay made it 2-0 with 4:16 left in the first. With the Lightning on a 5-on-3 power play, Tanguay gobbled up Ryan Malone's rebound and quickly fired it home for his fourth goal of the season.

Adrian Aucoin scored the lone goal for the Coyotes in the final minute of the opening period, but Martin St. Louis restored Tampa Bay's two-goal lead via the power play as he put in his own rebound at 4:30 of the second.

''Those guys are the backbone of this team,'' Smith said of Lecavalier and St. Louis. ''When they're contributing offensively it's tough for this team to lose.''

Lecavalier put the game away with his second goal of the night at the 11:46 mark of the third period. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Phoenix played the majority of the game down one defenseman after Jim Vandermeer was handed a game misconduct late in the first period for his boarding penalty on Kurtis Foster. Vandermeer also received a five-minute major on the play.

"I thought we had a lot of guys play very hard," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said after his team lost for the fifth time in seven games. "They had big players capitalize on their chances. That's just the game."

The Coyotes, who were already without injured blueliners Zbynek Michalek, Kurt Sauer and Ed Jovanovski, also lost forward Peter Mueller late in the second period with an apparent lower-body injury. He did not return.

"Throughout the whole game, we played pretty good 5-on-5," Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle said. "We just gave them too many opportunities. Pretty much the whole first period, we played on the PK. That's not our type of game."

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.
scoring summary
1st Period
05:59
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Malone (6), Lukas Krajicek (1)
1 - 0 TBL
14:44
TBL
PPG - Alex Tanguay (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Malone (7), Steven Stamkos (8)
2 - 0 TBL
19:20
PHX
Adrian Aucoin (3) Slapshot - ASST: Sami Lepisto (4), Scottie Upshall (1)
2 - 1 TBL
2nd Period
04:30
TBL
Martin St. Louis (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (13), Alex Tanguay (7)
3 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
11:46
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (8)
4 - 1 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:19
PHX
Vernon Fiddler  Roughing against  Jeff Halpern
13:36
PHX
Paul Bissonnette  Roughing against  Victor Hedman
14:11
PHX
Jim Vandermeer  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:25
PHX
Jim Vandermeer  Boarding (maj) against  Kurtis Foster
16:25
PHX
Jim Vandermeer  Game misconduct
17:43
TBL
Ryan Malone  Interference against  Taylor Pyatt
2nd Period
06:17
TBL
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Kevin Porter
09:16
PHX
Sami Lepisto  Hooking against  Martin St. Louis
18:06
TBL
Stephane Veilleux  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
03:15
PHX
Paul Bissonnette  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
03:15
TBL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Bissonnette
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .789SH: 0 - 0