Nikita Kucherov scored for a third consecutive game and set up one of two Tampa Bay goals in a 41-second span of the first period, and the league-leading Lightning won a season-high sixth straight game by beating the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Thursday night.
Already, the Lightning are looking like a team that could go far in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Owners of the NHL's worst record, the Coyotes (7-21-5) already have traveled a remarkable 22,333 miles, or more than some Eastern Conference teams will all season.
With Tampa Bay on the power play, Vladislav Namestnikov pushed in the rebound of a Stamkos shot from the left circle that Antti Raanta couldn't control 11:30 into the game - one of Tampa Bay's 46 shots. "Maybe it's because we've played all those road games". "Some guys just kind of gave in", Tocchet said. "I'm not sure they've created that at home yet".
Still, the last time the Coyotes played at home, under similar circumstances off a hard road trip, they beat up on the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on December 2, easily their best game of the season. The Lightning outshoots the Coyotes in the first period 19-10. Their next road game isn't until December 27. "We did a lot of, I hate using the word dumb, but we did some dumb things out there because we looked exhausted".
"We're getting some missed practice time and a (regular) schedule and some time at home", Goligoski said.
They showed that December 2, only to be forced to go back on the road yet again for four more games - and four more losses (0-3-1). He stopped 33 shots in a 1-0 loss at Columbus on Saturday before Scott Wedgewood was back between the pipes Sunday for a 3-1 loss at Chicago. And they must end their habit of giving away games in the final few minutes. "It's a major thing that's really hurt our team".
After a 3-0 shutout win against a strong St.Louis Blues team, the Lightning continues the win streak against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale with a 4-1 win. Coming off a loss to Arizona on Sunday, the National Football League team is practicing at Arizona State in preparation of its game Sunday at San Francisco. "We want to do a good job and stay there (in the standings)".
Callahan has only one goal and six points in 28 games this season. The Coyotes lost their fifth in a row and eighth in nine games. Vasilevskiy leads the league with 21 wins.