Lightning Down Phoenix 8-3 - Match Report
The battle between the Lightning and Coyotes didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Phoenix was handed an 8-3 defeat on Wednesday at St. Pete Times Forum.
Tampa Bay was favored by -165 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.5.
Tampa Bay got goals from Teddy Purcell (3), Martin St. Louis (2), Vincent Lecavalier, Adam Hall, and Steven Stamkos in the victory. Purcell opened the scoring at 1:59 of the first period.
Dwayne Roloson turned in a 25-save effort for the Lightning.
Martin Hanzal, Kyle Turris, and David Schlemko scored for the Coyotes, finding the net behind Dwayne Roloson.
Phoenix got a 31-stop effort from Jason LaBarbera in the loss.
On the power play, Tampa Bay went 3-for-4, while the Coyotes were 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
Phoenix lost the shots on goal battle to Tampa Bay by a margin of 39-28.
Next game, Tampa Bay takes its act home to face New Jersey looking for another win. For Phoenix, they head on the road to face Columbus.