Lecavalier scores two goals and an assist in Lightning’s 5-3 win over Coyotes

Lecavalier has a career-high 37 goals this season, five shy of tying Brian Bradley’s team record set during the 1992-93 season.

Richards put the Lightning ahead 4-3 with his 20th goal of the season at 1:24 of the third. He has reached the mark in five of his six NHL seasons.

Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who have won 13 of 16. Eric Perrin snapped a 27-game, goal-scoring drought to make it 5-3 with 8:15 left.

Phoenix got goals from Michael Zigomanis, Oleg Saprykin and Derek Morris. The Coyotes are 4-10 in their past 14 games.

Lecavalier put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with a breakaway goal at 15:19 of the first.

Tampa Bay had taken a 2-0 lead eight minutes in on goals by Lecavalier and St. Louis. Goals by Zigomanis and Saprykin tied it midway through the period.

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The Coyotes pulled even at three on Morris’ first goal in 26 games, scored with 1:44 left in the second.

Saprykin skated slowly off the ice late in the second after blocking a pair of shots with his legs. He returned for the third period.

Notes: Phoenix RW Owen Nolan didn’t play due to a sore neck. … Lecavalier has six goals and 12 points in 11 games against Phoenix. … Coyotes C Yanic Perreault returned after missing one game with an injured shoulder. … LW Mathias Tjarnqvist, acquired by Phoenix on Monday from Dallas for Ladislav Nagy, was in the lineup. … Tampa Bay LW Ruslan Fedotenko has two assists in the third to reach 200 NHL points.