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Coyotes Able to Weather the Lightning’s Storm, Win 3-1

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“Mullett Magic” continues for the Arizona Coyotes (10-9-2) as they were able to take down the Tampa Bay Lightning (10-8-5) in Tempe on Nov. 28.

Going on a short trip to Las Vegas, the Coyotes shutdown the Golden Knights 2-0 on Nov. 25.

In “Sin City,” Arizona goaltender Connor Ingram stopped all-34 shots to get his second NHL shutout of his career.

Contrarily, the Lightning came to the valley on the second-half of a back-to-back.

Last night, Tampa Bay fell to the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on the road.

Maintaining their momentum, the Coyotes returned home and made yet another statement against another NHL juggernaut, with the Lightning recently being the 2020 and 2022 Stanley Cup Champions.

First Period

Previously taking down the Golden Knights with a late rally, the Coyotes got on the board tonight right off the get-go, but first a fight kicked-off the battle.

‘Yotes defenseman Josh Brown and Tampa Bay left wing Tanner Jeannot both decided to drop the gloves and fought at 3:15.

In the Lightning’s zone, Arizona center Alex Kerfoot won a face-off to defenseman Michael Kesselring.

At the point, Kesselring tapped the puck to Coyotes winger Michael Carcone who fired the puck from the boards.

From what looked like a routine save by Lightning goaltender Jonas Johansson, two players got in blocked his vision and Carcone scored to give Arizona a 1-0 lead 3:21 in the first period.

Since the goal, Tampa Bay would shoot from all angles towards Ingram, but was unable to capitalize.

Towards the end of the period, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had a wide-open net and missed.

In disbelief, Stamkos became furious after his slipped up and stepped on his stick to break it in half.

Despite them having more puck possession in the first, the shots were tied 8-8 apiece.

Second Period

Continuing where they left off in the first, the Lightning maintained their dominance into the second.

Trying to push, Tampa right wing Nikita Kucherov had a few chances to bury one, but grew more and more frustrated as Ingram shut him down.

The Coyotes kept keep the Lightning to the outside and defended the middle of the ice until they got on the board again.

Behind his net, Ingram decided to pass the puck to Brown.

Looking up, Brown then whipped the puck over to ‘Yotes teammate Travis Boyd who skated through the neutral zone.

Using his speed, Boyd avoided a hip-check by Lightning forward Michael Eyssimont at center ice, went towards Johansson before shooting the puck glove-side to capitalize and go up 2-0 5:42 into the middle period.

Down by two, Tampa finally capitalized on one of their opportunities as center Brayden Point beat Ingram to minimize the deficit 2-1 with 4:18 left in the second period.

Third Period

Tampa Bay kept had the majority of puck possession and threw everything at Ingram.

The other way, the Coyotes came close as the puck just roled in the crease of Johansson’s, but he was fortunate that the it trickled to his left.

With the shots 16-5 in favor of the Lightning to begin the period, Carcone broke up their momentum once more.

Carcone cut from the left side of the boards, avoided a poke check from Johansson and went to his backhand to score his second goal of the game with 12:38 remaining in regulation.

However, the 3-1 deficit didn’t stop Tampa to with their offensive pressure.

Kucherov hit Coyotes defenseman Sean Durzi from the side and Durzi felt it wasn’t necessary before they started to shove each other with 0:39 left.

Following the play, the referee’s gave Kucherov a penalty for boarding and Kucherov yelled at the officials in disapproval.

Ingram would continue to reject all the chances for the remainder of the period to lock up a complete-team win, 3-1.

Postgame Notes

After snapping a three-game losing streak before going to Vegas, the Coyotes have to two wins in-a-row.

Additionally, Ingram was the starting goalie in both games against the Golden Knights and the Lightning.

In net, Ingram stopped 30-of-31 shots he faced as he continued his dominant play throughout the game tonight.

Furthermore, Carcone’s two tallies now gives him eight goals on the season.

Defensively, ‘Yotes defenseman Troy Stecher blocked five shots while Matt Dumba and J.J. Moser had four.

On the opposite side, Johansson saved 22-of-25 Coyotes attempts.

Because of this result, Arizona improves to 10-9-2 on the season and remain in sixth place in the Central Division.

Next up on their five-game home stand, the Coyotes face the Colorado Avalanche (15-6) at Mullett Arena on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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