23 February 2011
Tonight was a big win over the Coyotes 8-3. The Lightning snapped their three game losing streak and ended the Coyotes' 7 game win streak tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum. Steven Stamkos may have five games without a goal, but ended that drought with a goal and an assist tonight. That puts Stamkos up to 41 goals on the season and within 1 point of Daniel Sedin in the points race.
But tonight was about Teddy Purcell being a beast with his first career hat trick. This is a guy that we acquired in a trade last year that I thought would have just eventually washed out of the league based on what Kings fans had to say about him after the trade last year. But this ugly guy is having a career year in Tampa with his 15 goals and 24 assists so far. Huge game for him tonight.
Tonight's game also had scoring on the powerplay (three of them) and goals from the big three. It's been a while since our special teams has worked as well as it did tonight. Of course, tonight's win had a lot to do with Phoenix being tired. They came flew in after a game that they won in overtime against Philly and were a tired team because of it. The big thing that you have to give credit to the Lightning for is taking advantage of Phoenix's fatigue by coming out strong in the first period.