Phoenix 3, Pittsburgh 1

Saturday, February 1, 2014 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 38-15-2-0 22-4-0-0 16-11-2-0 L1
Phoenix 26-19-6-4 16-9-2-1 10-10-4-3 W1

Recap


Coyotes 3, Penguins 1: Mike Ribeiro scored a goal and set up another as host Phoenix snapped its three-game losing streak against Pittsburgh.

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek netted a rare tally and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Coyotes, who improved to 2-1-0 on their five-game homestand. Mike Smith finished with 23 saves as Phoenix won for just the eighth time in 23 contests (8-10-5).

Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who suffered their first regulation loss against a Pacific Division opponent this season (8-1-1). Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 27 shots as Pittsburgh failed to become the second team to reach the 80-point plateau (Anaheim, 85).

Ribeiro gave Phoenix the lead with 7:18 remaining in the first period, beating a screened Fleury with a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. Michalek made it 2-0 midway through the second with a blast from the right point as Fleury's vision again was blocked by a Coyote in front.

Pittsburgh halved the deficit five minutes later as James Neal made a cross-slot pass from the left circle to Malkin, who whipped the puck past a sprawling Smith. Vrbata restored the two-goal advantage at 4:13 of the third, beating Fleury to the short side with a shot from the left circle during a 2-on-1 rush.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Malkin has scored in two straight contests and four of his last six. ... Michalek ended an 83-game drought with his goal. He last tallied on March 5, 2012 - against the Coyotes while a member of the Penguins. ... Vrbata's goal was just his second in 18 contests. ... Penguins C Sidney Crosby has gone four games without a tally. The captain was kept off the scoresheet for the 12th time this season but fourth in his last nine games. ... Pittsburgh D Kris Letang missed his second straight game due to illness.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Phoenix
Evgeni Malkin 1 Points Mike Ribeiro 2
Evgeni Malkin 1 Goals Mike Ribeiro 1
Jussi Jokinen 1 Assists Mike Ribeiro 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .900 Save Percentage Mike Smith .958
Marc-Andre Fleury 27 Saves Mike Smith 23

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 24 1 0-2 4-4 12 24
Phoenix 30 3 0-4 2-2 8 28

Upcoming Games

  • Phoenix will play its next game at home against Dallas. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .423 after a win and .517 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against Ottawa. The Penguins have a W/L % of .692 after a win and .688 after a loss.