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Recap: Pens fall to Coyotes 3-2

A look and some notes about the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Justin K. Aller

Since a certain writer had computer problems last night, you were denied a recap of the game. So please accept our apologies and have some game notes, courtesy of Jason Seidling and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Despite tonight’s loss, the Penguins’ magic number to clinch the team’s 8th consecutive postseason berth is now 1.
  • Tonight’s loss is the first to the Coyotes at CONSOL Energy Center and the first loss to them at home since Oct. 7, 2009 at Mellon Arena.
  • Prior to Antoine Vermette’s first period power-play goal, the Penguins had killed off 21 consecutive penalities against Phoenix dating back to Oct. 7, 2009.
  • Pittsburgh’s first period power-play goal increased its league-leading power play percentage to 24.3%. It’s 60 power-play goals are 2nd most in the NHL (WAS, 63)
  • The Penguins finished the game 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. Their 85.8% success rate ties them with the St. Louis Blues for third-highest in the NHL.

Player Notes:

  • Sidney Crosby assisted on Jussi Jokinen’s goal to give him a league-leading 95 points – 16 more than Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf. His 33 assists and 50 points at home lead all NHL skaters.
  • Jussi Jokinen scored his 18th goal of the season on the power play. The goal extends his point streak against Phoenix to 4 games (2G-3A).
  • Taylor Pyatt scored his 3rd goal of the season. It was his 1st goal since Jan. 22 versus Montreal.
  • Rob Scuderi picked up his 4th assist of the season on Pyatt’s goal. Three of Scuderi’s four points this season have come at home.
  • Simon Despres’s assist on Pyatt’s goal gives him 5 on the year – tying a career high established last year.
  • James Neal assisted on Jokinen’s goal, giving him 30 assists for just the 2nd time in his career (41 assists in 2011-12). Neal now has 4 points (1G-3A) in his last 4 games.
  • Marcel Goc finished the game 14-6 (70%) on faceoffs.  He currently ranks 2nd on the team in faceoffs with 53.2% success rate (652-573).

Attendance: 18,632 (321ST consecutive sellout)