Lightning Unable To Keep Pace With Coyotes
Michael Grabner scored a pair of goal joining Jordan Oesterle, Clayton Keller, Derek Stepan, Vinnie Hinostroza, and Richard Panik as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1. Antti Raanta made 29 saves as the Coyotes improve to 5-5-0 on the season.
Adam Erne scored the Lightning’s lone goal on a power play in the third period as Tampa Bay see’s their seven game point streak and three game winning streaks end. The Lightning finish their longest road trip of the season (five games) with a 3-1-1 mark.
The Bolts were facing a challenging night in the desert playing the back half of a back-to-back series after a hard fought win Friday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat, both injured against the Knights, were not available and Louis Domingue was making his third start of the season.
“You look on your schedule and this probably sets up as a tough one for us.” Coach Jon Cooper said. “Can’t predict it’d be a 7-1 tough one for us. We weren’t our best tonight, that was clear.”
Louis Domingue was returning to Arizona where he played last season before being released after just six games. The poor result on the scoreboard should not be placed on his shoulders. “It sucks for him, let’s be honest.” Cooper said of Domingue’s return. “You have a job to do and he’s battling as hard as he can. Especially in a building he used to play in. He’s got a lot of pride, but you’re not hanging this on him.”
Tampa Bay will look to rebound Tuesday night at Amalie Arena against the New Jersey Devils at 7:30. Andrei Vasilevskiy should return in net but Victor Hedman is expected to miss the game. Ondrej Palat‘s status will be determined later.