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Coyotes 4, Penguins 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Dave Vest

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Coyotes 4, Penguins 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 1, Phoenix Coyotes 4

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Slick passing, clutch penalty killing and solid goaltending were the key factors for the Coyotes on Thursday night as they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 at Jobing.com Arena.

Shane Doan scored two goals, but it was Doan’s pass on Olli Jokinen’s goal and two nice feeds from Steven Reinprecht that stood out as Phoenix upped its home record to 3-1-0.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27 of 28 shots in his first start in 12 days.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left the game in the third period because of an undisclosed injury and did not return.

"I had some discomfort," Crosby told reporters. "I decided that in the third period, it didn't seem like I could do much."

Jokinen gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at 7:53 of the second period when he finished off a back-handed feed from Doan just as a Phoenix power play expired.


Pittsburgh tied the score 37 seconds later when a shot by Evgeni Malkin hit the glass behind the Coyotes goal and the puck bounced to the front of the net where Marislav Satan swatted it, before it hit the ice, by Bryzgalov.

Doan put Phoenix ahead 2-1 when he finished a nice pass from Reinprecht on a power play with 2:01 left in the second period. Reinprecht, playing for the first time after two games as a healthy scratch, topped that pass with an even better one through heavy traffic after some nifty stickhandling in the third period that Kevin Porter tapped in for his first NHL goal.

“It’s amazing,” Porter said of scoring an NHL goal. “I was getting a little worried there (about scoring). Rhino made a nice play and I was just kind of sitting there with an empty net. It’s nice to get that first one out of the way.”

Porter, who played college hockey at the University of Michigan, was asked how it felt to have Reinprecht, who played at rival Wisconsin, assist on his first NHL goal.

“I don’t really mind that at this point,” Porter said, laughing.

The Coyotes killed a 5-on-3 penalty early in the third period, and four of five Pittsburgh power plays overall.

Doan added an empty-net goal.

Head Coach Wayne Gretzky liked what he saw from Reinprecht, but he wasn’t surprised.

“He’s a professional and he was the hardest working guy when he wasn’t in the lineup,” Gretzky said. “…As I told him, he’s going to be part of this team and we need him to play well and he did tonight. He was outstanding.”

Pittsburgh struggled to generate offense in the first period and didn’t’ register a shot on goal until the 15:34 mark of the first period.

Doan said the Coyotes can’t get too excited about the victory.

“The Calgary loss (on Saturday) established the fact that we’ve got a long ways to go,” Doan said. “We just want to make sure we’re ready for the next game.”


 


scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:53
PHX
Olli Jokinen (2) ASST: Shane Doan (2), Zbynek Michalek (2)
1 - 0 PHX
08:30
PIT
PPG - Miroslav Satan (5) ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (1), Evgeni Malkin (13)
1 - 1 Tie
17:59
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (5) ASST: Steve Reinprecht (5), Peter Mueller (1)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
14:49
PHX
Kevin Porter (1) ASST: Steve Reinprecht (6), Mikkel Boedker (1)
3 - 1 PHX
19:01
PHX
EN - Shane Doan (6) ASST: Viktor Tikhonov (1), Zbynek Michalek (3)
4 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
15:24
PIT
Mark Eaton  Hooking against  Shane Doan
2nd Period
05:51
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Martin Hanzal
08:19
PHX
David Hale  Interference against  Evgeni Malkin
14:51
PHX
Zbynek Michalek  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
17:12
PIT
Jordan Staal  Boarding against  Ken Klee
3rd Period
04:37
PHX
Peter Mueller  Too many men on the ice
08:37
PHX
Daniel Carcillo  Boarding against  Petr Sykora
08:43
PHX
Kurt Sauer  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
09:55
PIT
Miroslav Satan  Hooking against  Martin Hanzal
09:55
PIT
Miroslav Satan  Misconduct
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
4-3-2
SA: 29TOI: 59:50
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 28TOI: 59:48
Saves: 27EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .964SH: 3 - 3
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