TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes went extra time to get a much needed victory.
Brandon McMillan, Martin Erat and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who trailed eighth-place Dallas by one point in the Western Conference. Phoenix was coming off a 3-2 loss Saturday at Washington, a game which the Capitals had three unanswered third-period goals.
“We’re right in the hunt,” Smith said. “We’re in the thick of things, too, and every point matters right now. So I think you see a desperation from guys on the ice, lying down, blocking shots.”
“I thought we did a lot of things well tonight,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “Even though they got a late one on us, we found a way to get points, and that’s the biggest thing about our season right now. We need points every night.”
Tampa Bay, 1-4-2 since the Olympic break ended, also got a goal from Tyler Johnson.
After Erat scored following an errant defensive zone pass by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman 2:13 into the third, Boedker put the Coyotes ahead 3-2 with a rebound goal at 7:48. Bishop ended up out of position when Hedman’s pass on Erat’s goal took a bad bounce.
“We were just way too lackadaisical,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said of Erat’s goal. “The third one, we’ve run that coverage a thousand times. It’s a blown assignment. Those don’t go in in midget hockey, let alone the NHL. Or they shouldn’t, anyway.”
Johnson scored his fourth short-handed goal and 20th overall this season to put the Lightning up 1-0 at 11:26 of the first. With Steven Stamkos off for hooking, the rookie went around stumbling defenseman Keith Yandle and put a backhand past Smith.
After not having a short-handed goal last season, Tampa Bay has nine in 2013-14. The Lightning have a short-handed goal in three straight games and six of their past 15.
Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo left after three shifts in the first period with a lower body injury.