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GLENDALE Womens Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Celebrating several of their season-high seven goals to the strains of “Werewolves of London,” Arizona took a bite out of Tampa Bay in a 7-1 victory Saturday.And a Coyotes‘ team that was shut out in three of its first four games has gravitated to the other extreme, scoring 22 goals in the last five games while winning three in a row and four of five to reach .500 of the first time this season.Michael Grabner scored two short-handed goals, Brad Keller scored his fifth goal of the season and Vinnie Hinostroza scored his third in support of Antta Raanta, who made 29 saves in his first game back after missing previous two with flu-like symptoms.“A lot of games we lost, we played really, good structured hockey ” Grabner said. “We just weren’t scoring. Now the puck is going in for a lot of guys, and it is easier to be confident out there with the puck.”Jordan Oesterle, Derek Stepan and Richard Panik scored their first goals of the season for the Coyotes, who broke the Lightning’s seven-game points streak.Adam Erne scored his first goal of the season to break Raanta’s shutout at 9:27 of the third period.Tampa Bay (7-2-1), which had not lost since falling to Vancouver in the second game of the season, was playing its fifth game in eight days while finishing a five-game road trip.“You look on your schedule and this probably sets up as a tough one for us,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.“Can’t predict it’d be a 7-1 tough one for us. We weren’t our best tonight, that was clear.”Oesterle John Moore Jersey Womens , Keller and Stepan scored in the first 13 minutes of the first period as the Coyotes scored three of their first five shots. It was 5-0 after two periods.“They were a tired club and we had energy tonight,” said Arizona coach Rich Tocchet, adding of the early burst, “It loosens guys up. When you get a couple of shots in early, the guys feel a little calmer on the bench.“When you are not scoring, that is when people get tight. You could feel the bench was real loose.”Arizona’s fifth goal came on Grabner’s first short-handed score at 11:48 of the second period. He added another at 8:59 of the third.The Coyotes lead the NHL with five short-handed goals and have given up only three power plays goals in 28 chances after killing four of Tampa Bay’s five power plays.“We have chemistry, reading off each other to make plays,” Grabner said. “Right now we are getting chances. For me, the main focus is to kill off the penalty and maybe change momentum.”Lightning goalie Louis Domingue made 23 saves in his first game against his former team.Brad Richardson and Alex Goligoski had two assists apiece and Raanta had one. Raanta has three career assists, the last while with the Rangers in 2016-17.The turnaround has not taken the Coyotes by surprise.“We were still OK with the way we were playing (early in the season), we just couldn’t score,” Goligoski said. “That’s caught up to us now.NOTESCoyotes: Goalie Antti Raanta returned after missing the previous two games with flu-like symptoms.Lightning: Defenseman Victor Hedman, who won the Norris Trophy last season, did not play and is expected to miss at least a week after suffering an upper body injury in the second period of a 3-2 victory at Las Vegas on Friday.UP NEXTCoyotes: Host Ottawa on Tuesday in the third game of a five-game homestand.Lightning: Host New Jersey on Tuesday. GLENDALE Zach Bogosian Jersey Womens , Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Pirri has had a late December to remember for the Vegas Golden Knights.The journeyman forward had a goal and assist in the Golden Knights’ 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night, and has five goals as part of his seven points in the six games he’s played for Vegas this season.Pirri failed to register a point in only one of those games. He’s been a regular since Dec. 20.“It’s a lot of fun playing here because everyone’s contributing,” Pirri said. “Things are going good. I’ve always believed in myself and I’m getting the opportunity. When you get the opportunity you have to reward the people that put you in this spot and at the same time I have to reward myself. I put in a lot of work.”Paul Stastny also had a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for Vegas. Reilly Smith, Cody Eakin and Ryan Carpenter also scored to help Vegas win its third straight and extend its points streak to six games.The Golden Knights have won five of six games against Arizona since Vegas entered the NHL last season.“We played hard, we played quick. We were good with the forecheck, we were good with the puck and we didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” forward Jonathan Marchessault said.A large following of Golden Knights fans made plenty of noise for the visiting team in the most recent installment of the fledgling rivalry, and saw their team take control with three goals in the third period.The third was a short-handed goal from Carpenter, his second goal of the season.Just when the Golden Knights’ first power play ended, Pirri got a rebound behind the net and backhanded the puck back toward the crease, where Stastny was waiting to stuff it in at 3:35 of the first.Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz appeared to tie at 1 with 8:54 left in the second period, but the goal was reviewed on a coaches’ challenge and overturned for offside.Vegas made it 2-0 with 3:57 to play in the second. Brad Hunt tipped a loose puck in front, and Smith got to it first for a shot that zipped past Darcy Kuemper.Kuemper finished with 33 saves.The Coyotes took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play with two Golden Knights in the penalty box to get their lone goal at the 2:58 mark of the second. Alex Galchenyuk scored, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson getting the assist.Ekman-Larsson reached 312 career points Scott Wedgewood Jersey Womens , passing Keith Yandle for the most points in franchise history for a defenseman.Galchenyuk ran his points streak to five games, in which he has totaled seven points.Eakin edged the puck over the goal line at 4:21 of the third for his 12th goal of the season, and Pirri scored on a breakaway less than three minutes later.“I liked the way we played all night, not just the third period,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said.Arizona started the third period on a power play — one of six on the night — but couldn’t produce and fell further behind.A frustrated Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet called his team’s effort an implosion less than 24 hours after Arizona got an overtime win at Anaheim.“Just very casual from a lot of key guys,” Tocchet said. “I just saw a team go totally south on us. You want to be a good NHL hockey team or a player, you’ve got to be consistent. … So maybe we have some players here that just can’t do it regularly and we’re going to have to find some players that will.”NOTES: Coyotes F Brad Richardson missed his third straight game with an illness. … D Kevin Connauton was shaken up in the first period and left the ice, but returned for a shift in the final seconds of the period and stayed in the game. … Vegas F Valentin Zykov, just claimed off waivers on Saturday, was scratched. So was F Tomas Nosek, who missed his first game since Dec. 20. … F Alex Tuch was given a penalty for a check to the head when he drove a shoulder into Arizona’s Nick Cousins, which led to the Coyotes’ power-play goal in the second.UP NEXTVegas: Hosts Los Angeles on Tuesday night.Arizona: Hosts Edmonton on Wednesday night.