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Lightning top Coyotes for fourth win in row

Vasilevskiy makes 29 saves, Paquette scores on penalty shot

by Corey Long / Correspondent

Paquette's penalty-shot goal

ARI@TBL: Paquette puts it through on penalty shot

2/23/16: Cedric Paquette dekes Louis Domingue on a penalty shot and wrists it home, giving the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period

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TAMPA -- Cedric Paquette scored on a penalty shot with 4.7 seconds left in the second period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Amalie Arena on Tuesday. 

With the Coyotes on the power play, Paquette blocked Arizona forward Shane Doan's shot from the point and went the other way on a breakaway, but Doan hooked the Tampa forward from behind before he could get a shot off.

On the penalty shot, Paquette beat Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue high on the glove side to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead. 

"I made that move a lot when I was in juniors and with Syracuse (of the American Hockey League). I decided to try it, and it worked," Pauqette said. "I was nervous. I didn't want to think about it too much, but I'm happy with the result." 

'Doan took the blame for the entire sequence. 

"Obviously, the one goal is pretty much my fault," the Coyotes captain said. "You can't afford to do that. Can't compound a mistake by making a second one. I decided to rush it, I knew the clock was [winding down]. It was a stupid mistake."

Video: ARI@TBL: Stamkos chips home rebound for the lead

Steven Stamkos scored in the first period for Tampa Bay (34-22-4), which has won four in a row, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves. 

Jordan Martinook scored for Arizona (27-27-6), which has lost three in a row, and Domingue made 34 saves. 

"We have to keep grinding it out and see if we can get some points," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We'll get some rest tomorrow and get back to work on Thursday (at the Florida Panthers)." 

Video: ARI@TBL: Vasilevskiy makes a big glove save in 3rd

Stamkos scored his 26th goal to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 12:38 of the first. Domingue made the save on Alex Killorn's wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle, but Stamkos poked the loose puck into the net on the rebound. 

"It was another tap-in one, but they all count," Stamkos said. "I'm happy to keep producing and getting wins for our team. [We're] just trying to get into areas to score and going to the net. It's encouraging that we are finding ways to win not being at our best, and hopefully we can continue to get better." 

Arizona made it 2-1 at 4:06 of the third period when Martinook scored his eighth goal. After the Coyotes won a faceoff in the Lightning zone, Doan took a shot from outside the right circle that deflected off Martinook and Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman before beating Vasilevskiy on the stick side.

Video: ARI@TBL: Stone delivers Coyotes their first goal

"They threw a lot of pucks at the net, but [Domingue] hung in there," Tippett said. "I've got no problem with the way we competed. We just have to execute better and generate more scoring chances." 

Vasilevskiy has won eight of his past nine starts. 

"They played last night, so we wanted to jump on them early, and I thought we did," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I thought we were a little loose in the second and third period. We gave them a little too much, but [Vasilevskiy] came up huge."

Video: Lightning stifle Coyotes in win

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