Vrbata scores in SO; Coyotes top Bolts 4-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Radim Vrbata scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Phoenix Coyotes past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Monday night.
Vrbata beat Ben Bishop with a backhand. Mike Smith stopped all three Lightning shootout shots.
Ondrej Palat got the Lightning even at 3-all on his second goal of the game, coming from the low slot with the Tampa Bay net empty and 37.2 seconds left in regulation. Palat also had an assist.
Brandon McMillan, Martin Erat and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who trailed eighth-place Dallas by one point in the Western Conference.
Tampa Bay, 1-4-2 since the Olympic break ended, also got a goal from Tyler Johnson.
Griffin's 37 points help Clippers beat Suns
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.
Darren Collison scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 points and 11 assists for the Pacific Division leaders, who were 55.1 percent from the field and improved to 23-1 when shooting at least 50 percent.
Goran Dragic had 23 points and five assists during a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Suns, who slipped a half-game behind idle Memphis for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and are 1 1-2 behind Dallas. Phoenix hasn't made the postseason since 2010 under coach Alvin Gentry, now a Clippers associate head coach.
Corbin gives up 3 in next-to-last spring start
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's Patrick Corbin gave up three runs and six hits in four innings in the Diamondbacks' 3-3 tie with a Seattle Mariners split squad Monday night.
It was the next-to-last start for the 24-year-old left-hander before he takes the mound in Sydney, Australia, on March 22 in Arizona's season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Corbin settled down after giving up two runs in the second, striking out the side in the third before allowing a leadoff triple to Brad Miller in the fourth.
Seattle's James Paxton threw three scoreless innings, running his streak to seven to open the spring, before allowing a run in his fourth and final inning.
The 25-year-old Mariners right-hander gave up a run and five hits, striking out two and walking one.
Diamondbacks confirm signing of LHP Perez
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks have confirmed signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a two-year contract.
The $4.25 million deal had been reported late last week and Perez was in uniform at the team's spring training facility in Scottsdale on Sunday. But the signing wasn't announced by the club until Monday.
The 32-year-old pitcher was 3-3 with two saves and a 3.74 ERA in a career-high 61 appearances with the Seattle Mariners last season.
Perez has pitched parts of 11 major league seasons with San Diego, Pittsburgh, the New York Mets and, for the last two seasons, Seattle.
He is 62-75 with a 4.53 ERA in his career, which includes 195 starts.
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