NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Phoenix|
(Thursday, October 30th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Pittsburgh 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Shane Doan scored twice and assisted on
another goal as the Phoenix Coyotes downed the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1.
Olli Jokinen and Kevin Porter also scored while Steven Reinprecht and Zbynek
Michalek came away with a pair of assists each for the Coyotes, who have
victories in two of their last three games.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all but one of 28 shots for the win.
"Bryzgalov was outstanding tonight. It was a real nice win for us," Phoenix
head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "Each and every game at home is important --
it's a good measuring stick for our young guys against good teams like
Pittsburgh, and it really allows them to gain experience."
Miroslav Satan had the lone goal for the Penguins, who are riding a three-game
losing streak. Evgeni Malkin assisted on the goal and entered the contest
second in the NHL in points with 15, while also being tied for the league-lead
in assists with 12. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in the loss.
Star pivot Sidney Crosby left the game early in the third period with an
undisclosed injury. The Penguins, which as a matter of team policy do not
disclose injuries, labeled him as day-to-day.
The Coyotes lit the lamp first after a scoreless first period. Doan slid the
puck across the goal-mouth to Jokinen on Fleury's left just seconds after a
Phoenix power play expired 7:53 into the period.
David Hale took an interference call 26 seconds later and the Pens scored
shortly thereafter. Malkin's shot hit the crossbar and Satan batted it out of
mid-air to put the Pens on the board and tie the game, but the Coyotes jumped
on a loose puck late in the period to regain the lead.
Pittsburgh's Alex Goligoski couldn't gather a bouncing puck behind his own net
and Reinprecht skated away with the disc, dishing to Doan for a one-timer that
didn't miss with 2:01 left in the stanza.
Crosby disappeared from the bench towards the beginning of the third and the
Pens found themselves short two forwards when Satan received a hooking minor
and was assessed a 10-minute misconduct for arguing just shy of the halfway
point of the third.
A great individual effort by Reinprecht late in the third gave Phoenix some
breathing room in a one-goal game. The veteran centerman faked right and
passed to himself going left around a Pens defender shoveled a pass to Porter
for the easy score with 5:01 remaining.
Doan added an empty-netter to account for the four goals.
Phoenix defeated Pittsburgh for the first time dating back to the 2003-04
season. Pittsburgh had taken the last three meetings between the two
clubs...Pittsburgh is 2-2-1 on the road and put the wraps on a four-game trip
in St. Louis on Saturday...Ken Klee skated in his first game as a Coyote,
after the team claimed the veteran blueliner off waivers from the Ducks on
Tuesday...Phoenix concludes a four-game homestand on Saturday against
Minnesota...Doan has eight points in eight games to start the season. The goal
for Porter was his first in the NHL...Injured Penguins Maxime Talbot and Hal
Gill returned to the lineup.
10/31 01:37:11 ET