Pens end 3-game loss skid
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled in close games recently and giving up a two-goal lead to the team with the league’s worst record was not a good sign.
One shot from Olli Maata changed their fortunes.
Maatta scored from just inside the blue line with 14 seconds left and the Penguins ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.
“We just stayed with it,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, who became the fourth Penguins coach to win 100 games with the franchise. “It was a little discouraging when they tied it up, but I thought we controlled the play most of the night.”
Pittsburgh pressured Arizona early and took a 2-0 lead on second-period goals by Carter Rowney and Evgeni Malkin.
Arizona got a spark when Nick Cousins scored in the closing seconds of the second period and Max Domi scored early in the third to tie it against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.
The teams traded good chances and appeared to be headed to overtime until Maatta beat Antti Raanta to the stick side on a shot from the left point. Raanta smacked his stick on the goal after missing the puck and Sidney Crosby closed it out with an empty-net goal.
“That’s tough. I mean, it was 14 seconds,” said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, whose team has lost six straight and nine of 10. “It’s been a season like that and it’s going to build character. We’ll weed this out and these losses are going to build character.”
Pittsburgh came to the desert on a three-game losing streak after falling 2-1 Thursday at Las Vegas. It was the Penguins’ fourth loss in five games, all by one goal.
The Penguins were sharp early, putting constant pressure on the Coyotes in their own zone, outshooting them 26-11 through the first two periods.
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