The Stat Line Of The Night — 2/23/11 — Vincent Lecavalier
The Phoenix Coyotes entered last night’s game in Tampa Bay riding an eight-game winning streak. They left with a one-game losing streak, and it wasn’t a pretty loss either.
The Lightning took advantage of a Phoenix team that appeared to be tired one night after earning a tough overtime victory in Philadelphia, as they cruised to an 8-3 win thanks to an offensive explosion that was paced by Vincent Lecavalier. The Lightning captain entered the game with only 30 points on the season, but he upped his total significantly with a five-point performance. His one goal and four assists, along with Teddy Purcell’s first career hat-trick, helped the Lightning jump out to a 7-0 lead. They wouldn’t look back from there.
With five points, Lecavalier tied ten other players for this season’s highest NHL single-game total. One of the players on that list is teammate Martin St. Louis, who recorded five assists against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 18. It is also the second time the Coyotes have watched a member of the opposition reach the five-point total, as the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin did so on December 20. This time it would be Vincent Lecavalier assaulting the Phoenix goal, as he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, February 23, 2011.