Penguins pull out late victory over Coyotes

Matt Vensel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Hockey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The road-weary Penguins in the third period Sunday let the Arizona Coyotes take their first lead of the evening. And after that, for the first time in a while, they didn't show much push with the game on the line.

Leave it to Brandon Tanev and their obnoxious third line to provide a jolt.

The spark-plug winger emerged with the puck from a goal-mouth scrum and hammered the game-tying goal between the legs of Coyotes goalie Adin Hill.

The Penguins would win, 4-3, in a shootout at Gila River Arena. Teddy Blueger blew a shot past Hill in the game-winning in the eighth round.

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist celebrates his goal with Penguins center Sidney Crosby in the third period against the Blue Jackets Saturda

The Penguins have won five straight road games and eight of their last nine.


The Coyotes had a golden opportunity 6:25 into the third period to get their first lead. Christian Dvorak couldn't lift a shot over Tristan Jarry's left pad. The goalie then stacked the pads to keep out Oliver Ekman-Larsson's rebound try.

But with 8:32 left in the third period, the Penguins couldn't clear the puck out of their zone then lost track of Derek Stepan. Niklas Hjalmarsson threw the puck to him in front and he swatted it past Jarry to put the Coyotes on top, 3-2.

The line of Tanev, Blueger and Zach Aston-Reese has been one line that coach Mike Sullivan has kept together, and with good reason. They're a pain in the butt to play against, hogging the puck down low and making more talented opponents chase them around. And now they're scoring big goals.

Tanev had the game-winners in recent wins in Montreal and Las Vegas. His goal with 3:02 remaining regulation helped the Penguins at least pick up a point.


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