Lightning 4, Coyotes 1
After going eight games with only one goal,
Lecavalier had two goals and an assist and
“They weren’t beautiful goals at all, just shots on net going in,” Lecavalier said. “They’ve been tough to get this year.”
Phoenix’s already thin defensive corps took an additional hit with 3:35 left in the first period when
“You’re certainly disappointed to lose a guy, especially a veteran guy, but you play the hand you’re dealt,” said
Lecavalier gave the
Tanguay made it 2-0 with the
“We’re always prepared to kill penalties but especially in the last few games it seems like we’re taking penalties early in the game,” Aucoin said. “We’re a group that needs everyone to play well and when you go a man short and only certain guys are getting on the ice, the other guys stiffen up and it’s really hard to get a good rotation.”
Aucoin pulled the
“Those guys are the backbone of this team,” Smith said. “When they’re contributing offensively it’s tough for this team to lose.”
Lecavalier capped the scoring with 8:14 left with a shot that bounced off the inside of LaBarbera’s right pad and the goalie’s left skate before going into the net.
That was more than enough for Smith, who made his first start since allowing five goals on 18 shots against Philadelphia on Nov. 2.
“His temperament before the game, there was a good coolness and confidence from him,”
NOTES: Lecavalier had only one goal in his previous eight games. … The