Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin wouldn't gloat.
He only admitted he was "a little nervous" playing his old team and that it was "a little better" to win.
In his first game in Phoenix in 2 1/2 years, Khabibulin made 33 saves for his sixth shutout of the season as the Lightning beat the Coyotes 3-0 Sunday night.
"Toward the end of the first period I started feeling better and after that, I felt pretty good," Khabibulin said. "It's nice to win, but a lot more because we've been losing and we needed a win."
Khabibulin made his first appearance in Phoenix since May 4, 1999, when he started the Coyotes' 1-0 loss to St. Louis in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
He missed the entire 1999-2000 season because of a contract dispute with the Coyotes and former general manager Bobby Smith. After sitting out the first half of last season, Khabibulin was traded to Tampa Bay on March 5, 2001, just over two weeks after Wayne Gretzky and Steve Ellman took control of the Phoenix franchise and Smith was fired.
Khabibulin was hardly tested, something the Coyotes readily admitted.
"We didn't really challenge him," Coyotes captain Teppo Numminen said. "We didn't have anything going for us and we didn't test him.
"He played well. We weren't good, but always when you shut out the opposite team you played well."
Martin St. Louis, Zdeno Ciger and Dave Andreychuk scored.
"To get out early was important," said Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella, a former Coyotes' assistant.
The shutout was the 27th of Khabibulin's career, his ninth in Phoenix, and Tampa Bay's eighth of the season, extending the franchise record.
Phoenix's best scoring chance came with 13 minutes remaining, but Khabibulin stopped a shot by Shane Doan, then immediately smothered a backhanded rebound attempt by Ladislav Nagy.
Doan also bounced a shot off the right post 70 seconds later.
"I knew this was a setup job," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. "There were a lot of ties to the Phoenix Coyotes' organization, a team desperate for a win. I knew this had trouble written all over it."
BLUE JACKETS 4, PREDATORS 3: Serge Aubin and Rostislav Klesla scored in a span of 36 seconds in the second period as Columbus beat visiting Nashville.
Aubin, who had scored just once since Dec. 1, later added his eighth goal of the year.
Mike Sillinger also scored for the Blue Jackets.
Kimmo Timonen, Denis Arkhipov and Greg Johnson scored for Nashville.
FLYERS 4, HURRICANES 3: Jeremy Roenick scored the go-ahead goal with 10:11 left, and Marty Murray had the second two-goal game of his career as Philadelphia defeated Carolina.
Kent Manderville also scored for the Flyers.
The Flyers, with the most road wins (13) in the NHL, moved into a tie with the New York Rangers atop the Atlantic Division.
Ron Francis, Erik Cole and Martin Gelinas scored for Carolina.
SABRES 4, WILD 1: Martin Biron made 17 saves to record his first victory since Dec. 4 as Buffalo defeated Minnesota.
J.P. Dumont, Jason Woolley, Vaclav Varada and Maxim Afinogenov scored for the Sabres, who snapped a six-game road winless streak.
Antti Laaksonen scored for the Wild.
BLACKHAWKS 2, PENGUINS 0: Jocelyn Thibault blocked 22 shots for his second straight shutout as Chicago extended its winning streak to six games with a victory over visiting Pittsburgh.
Alex Zhamnov and Kyle Calder scored.
ISLANDERS 3, THRASHERS 2: Brad Isbister scored two goals, and New York matched last season's victory total by winning in Atlanta.
Alexei Yashin assisted on both of Isbister's goals and Mark Parrish also scored for New York (21-13-5-2).
OILERS 7, CANADIENS 6: Jochen Hecht scored two third-period goals and added two assists as Edmonton rallied for three goals in the third to beat Montreal.
Ethan Moreau scored the other third-period goal, to tie the game at 6 at 13:44 of the third.