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'Yotes Notes: Fischer Scores Again in First Game Back

Rookie Christian Fischer has notched three goals in four NHL games

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Rookie Christian Fischer arrived at Amalie Arena for his second stint in the NHL just a few hours before Tuesday's game between the Coyotes and the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Less than five minutes into the matchup, he scored his third NHL goal on his third NHL shot - a first in Coyotes history. The goal gave Arizona a 1-0 lead en route to a 5-3 win.
 
"It's been a hectic day," said Fischer, who flew from San Antonio to Tampa after being recalled from the American Hockey League early Tuesday. "But walking out with two points here, and a great team effort and a good comeback win, (I) couldn't be happier."

Fischer scored his goal after Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy misplayed the puck behind his goal. Rookie Lawson Crouse pounced on the loose puck and fed it to Fischer, who was charging the empty net.

"Somebody is going to be second guessing how much I play this guy," Head Coach Dave Tippett joked. "Every time he gets on the ice to start a game, he scores."

Fischer scored two goals on two shots during his first three-game stint in the NHL in late January. On Tuesday, he launched three more shots after his goal that were saved, dropping his career shooting percentage from 100 percent to 50 percent.

"I think it's time to stop shooting (just) one puck in a game," Fischer said with a smile. "We need to get more shots on net."

Video: Christian Fischer discusses Coyotes' win over Bolts

• Ten players notched at least one point for the Coyotes, who outscored Tampa Bay, 3-0, in the third period and snapped a three-game losing streak. 

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Radim Vrbata keyed the rally by scoring goals 1:45 apart early in the final stanza.

"In the position that we're in we want to be spoilers," Vrbata said. "We were down after two periods and found a way to come back. We turned it on and killed some penalties at the end to get two points."

Video: Radim Vrbata discusses Coyotes' win over Bolts

• Ekman-Larsson has scored a goal in back-to-back games after going 21 games without scoring.

Louis Domingue stopped 36 of 39 shots, including all eight he faced in the third period, to win his fourth start in a row and notch his 25th win as an NHL goalie.

• Defenseman Alex Goligoski quietly played a solid game. He notched an assist, four hits, five shots and five blocks in 25:11 of ice time.

• With the win, the Coyotes raised their record to 5-7-1 in the second game of back-to-back games this season. They played at Nashville on Monday and lost, 3-1. 

"I thought our guys were in real good spirits all day," Tippett said. "You wonder, tough back-to-back, how they were going to be. They were loose, they were ready to play ... We felt we had a couple breaks go against us. We were just going to stick with it, see how things panned out, and they turned out right."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' win over Bolts

• The Coyotes swept the two-game season series from Tampa Bay; they won both games 5-3.

• Tippett earned his 550th win as an NHL head coach and moved past Marc Crawford into 18th place on the NHL's list for coaching victories. 

• Captain Shane Doan missed a third straight game because of a lower-body injury. He is considered day-to-day.

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