Blackhawks spoil Tortorella's debut
New coach, same result.
Jaroslav Spacek and Tony Amonte scored just over four minutes apart in the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks spoiled John Tortorella's debut as Tampa Bay Lightning coach with a 7-4 victory.
Tortorella became the fifth coach in Lightning history on Saturday, when general manager Rick Dudley fired Steve Ludzik.
The coaching change did nothing to infuse the Lightning, who took a 3-2 lead after one period but surrendered the next four goals en route to their fourth straight loss. Tampa Bay is 0-4-1-0 in its last five games.
Spacek tied it on the power play at 7:23 of the second and Amonte tallied at 11:54, giving the Blackhawks a 4-3 advantage.
Amonte added an empty-net goal and Michael Nylander scored twice for the Blackhawks, who established a season high in goals and improved to 6-2-1-0 in the last nine games.