Artyukhin scored in the eighth round of a shootout to lead the Lightning past the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.
"I just watched the goalie and tried to shoot low," Artyukhin said. "That worked."
Artyukhin has four goals in 82 career NHL games, and none in his last 33 dating back to Feb. 9. It was first career shootout attempt Saturday.
"I just had a hunch about Arty," Tampa Bay coach Barry Melrose said. "I thought, let's put the big guy out there and see what he could do."
Artyukhin talked with his brother, who celebrated a birthday Saturday, on the phone before the game. Scoring a goal was discussed as a gift.
"I tried all game to score," Artyukhin said.
"I thought we played a pretty solid game," Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg said. "When it gets to a shootout, you don't know what's going to happen. We did some good things. We've just got to continue to improve our game."
Carle pulled the Lightning even at 2 when he broke a personal 40 game goal-scoring drought with 6:12 left in the third. It was his first goal since Dec. 29 against Nashville.
Vermette put the Senators ahead 1-0 on a power-play rebound goal at 8:06 of the second. His first goal in nine games came after Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith stopped a shot from the blue line by Christoph Schubert.
Smith finished with 28 saves.
"Coming from behind like that, a big goal with a few minutes left, is a huge morale boost," Smith said.
Lecavalier tied it 1-1 from the top of the right circle at 14:09 of the second. The Lightning captain has three goals and five points in his last three games.
Just 39 seconds after Lecavalier's goal, Ottawa went back up 2-1 when Heatley scored from the low slot. He has a goal in three straight games.
Tampa Bay failed to score during a 1 minute, 46 second two-man advantage early in the third. Ottawa goalie Alex Auld turned aside the two shots he faced over the stretch.
Auld made 32 saves overall.
"I think our game is more where we want it to be," Auld said. "More consistent. We feel that we did a lot of things well, and there's still room for improvement. We've just to keep paying attention to details and the results will follow."
|Evgeny Artyukhin and the Lightning fans share a smile after the right wing seals the win in the shootout. (AP)|
|Ottawa (4-5-2)||0||2||0||0||0 (2)||2|
|Tampa Bay (4-3-3) «||0||1||1||0||1 (3)||3|
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|08:06||Power Play - Antoine Vermette (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Schubert, Foligno|
|14:09||Vincent Lecavalier (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Krajicek, Prospal|
|14:48||Dany Heatley (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kuba, Vermette|
|13:48||Matt Carle (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Prospal, Krajicek|
|Jussi Jokinen (1), GOAL|
|Jason Spezza (1), GOAL|
|Martin St. Louis (1), GOAL|
|Jarkko Ruutu (1), GOAL|
|Evgeny Artyukhin (1), GOAL|
|34.0||Prospal, 2 min, Holding|
|06:11||Malik, 2 min, Tripping|
|12:09||Neil, 2 min, Interference|
|01:33||Vermette, 2 min, Goaltender Interference|
|01:47||Alfredsson, 2 min, Hooking|
|07:54||Winchester, 2 min, Tripping|
|09:05||Artyukhin, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|Shots On Goal|
|Goalie||MINS||S||GA||SO S||SO GA|
|Power Play Conversions|
|Attendance - 16104|
|Referees - Dave Jackson, Justin St. Pierre|
|Linesmen - Jonny Murray, Brian Murphy|