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.
A pair of power-play goals from the Penguins was also pretty significant.
Entering Sunday, the Coyotes had one of the NHL’s top penalty-kill units. They had been especially stingy at Gila River Arena, having previously allowed just six power-play goals there. Overall, coach Rick Tocchet’s team had killed 18 straight penalties over the seven games before the Penguins came to town.
The Penguins capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play to take an early lead. Bryan Rust threaded a pass to Jared McCann, who buried it from the doorstep.
With that assist, Rust now has at least one point in 13 of his past 15 games. He has 38 points on the season, already tying his single-season career high.
The Coyotes tied up the score with 5:37 left in the first period. Taylor Hall, whom they acquired from the New Jersey Devils in December, grabbed the puck behind the net and centered it to Conor Garland. He beat Jarry blocker-side.
Alex Goligoski picked up an assist on Garland’s goal, giving the former Penguins defenseman the 400th point of his NHL career. Ninety of those points came with Pittsburgh, where he won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2008-09.
The Penguins had just two shots in the first period. They fired 22 in the second.
Patric Hornqvist scored another power-play goal 3:51 into the second period. Malkin, set up in the right corner, made a short pass to Hornqvist, who somehow from a few feet off the goal line sneaked a shot between Adin Hill’s pads.
Midway through the second, Hall snapped a shot from an acute angle that caught Jarry off guard. Jarry was glancing behind his net when it went through his feet. That game-tying goal was Hall’s 24th point in 19 games against Pittsburgh.
After Matt Murray got the start Friday in Denver, winning his third straight game, the Penguins turned back to their All-Star goalie on Sunday. Back in December, Jarry blanked the Coyotes during his franchise-record shutout streak.
Jarry made 25 saves, including a few big ones in overtime, in Sunday’s win.
The Penguins held Phil Kessel without a point. He put three shots on goal.
The Penguins are 18-6-4 without Sidney Crosby, who despite being cleared to practice Saturday without contact restrictions was not ready to make his return.
The Penguins won their first two games on this week-long road trip. They beat Vegas, 4-3, on Tuesday and on Friday won, 4-3, in overtime in Colorado.
The Penguins will host the Minnesota Wild at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
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