GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins were on
the verge of another disappointing loss when things got even
Captain Shane Doan scored a pair of goals and set up another on
Thursday, lifting the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-1 victory over the
Penguins, who lost superstar Sidney Crosby to an undisclosed
Rookie Kevin Porter scored his first career goal and Olli
Jokinen also tallied for Phoenix. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27
shots and Steven Reinprecht notched a pair of assists for the
Miroslav Satan scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost three
straight and is averaging just two goals in its last five games.
Those numbers may not get better any time soon if Crosby, who
missed 29 games with a high ankle sprain last season, is out for
any length of time. That loss would be more devastating than
There was no word on how Crosby was injured.
“I had some discomfort,” said Crosby, who left the game with
less than five minutes to go in the second period. “I decided
that in the third period, it didn’t seem like I could do much.”
“It seems like lately, we have a lot of injuries,” Penguins
coach Michel Thierren said. “What are we going to do? Every
little aspect of the game goes against us right now.”
Phoenix snapped a 1-1 tie when Doan one-timed a pass from
Reinprecht past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the left side
of the crease with 2:01 left in the second period.
Porter scored on a tap-in with 5:11 left off a beautiful feed
from Reinprecht, who sliced through the right side and slid a
pass to the 22-year-old.
“(Reinprecht) did all the work and I just tapped it in. It
couldn’t be easier for a first goal,” Porter said.
“I wanted to help the team win, and we were able to put together
a pretty solid 60 minutes,” Reinprecht said. “It was a good
outcome for us.”
Doan added an empty-netter with 59 seconds left, capping the
Satan tied the game at 1-1 on a great individual effort at 8:30
of the second, as he dove in front of the crease and tapped a
rebound into the left side. However, he was given a game
misconduct after arguing a hooking penalty midway through the
Satan’s tally came just 37 seconds after Jokinen put Phoenix
ahead. Jokinen snapped the scoreless tie at 7:53 of the second,
banging home a rebound from the left side.
The Coyotes held the Penguins to just two shots in a scoreless
first period, but then Bryzgalov had to work harder to keep them
off the board.
“I thought in the first period, we did a really nice job of
letting (Bryzgalov) get comfortable,” Phoenix coach Wayne
“We were really strong defensively in the first period. The
second period, they came at us. We knew they were going to come
at us, and come at us hard. Bryzy made some big saves and some
Fleury stopped 26 shots for Pittsburgh.
“We didn’t come out the way we wanted,” Pittsburgh’s Jordan
Staal said. “We weren’t prepared for this game. It seems guys
really aren’t buying into our system and working hard. That’s
really frustrating for everyone. It’s the little plays, the
Thierren was not buying the fact the system is at fault.
“The system’s only 50 percent of the game,” he said. “After
that, the players need to play hard. It’s an excuse.”