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Penguins 4 – Coyotes 2

Despite carrying the play all night, the Pittsburgh Penguins couldn’t put the Arizona Coyotes away until 14 seconds left in the third.

At the end of the day a win is a win…….

Pittsburgh blew a 2-goal lead when Max Domi and Coyotes converted off an Olli Maatta turnover in front at 9:43 of the third period.

In what should have been a routine save, Maatta and the Penguins would get redemption in the waning seconds as Maatta beat Antti Raanta with a point shot with 14.9 seconds remaining to put the Penguins ahead 3-2. Sidney Crosby would then add an empty-netter seconds later and Pittsburgh secured a 4-2 win.

“We just stayed with it,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, who won his 100th career win as Penguins coach. “It was a little discouraging when they tied it up, but I thought we controlled the play most of the night.”

The Penguins were clearly the superior team all night but tonight’s game was another telling point of how it’s been a struggle for the Penguins to put away teams.

Pittsburgh out-shot Arizona 33-17 and had a 74-37 edge in shot attempts, yet, here they were in a 2-2 game with under 20 seconds left to play against an awful hockey team.

And two of their four goals were a shorthanded marker from Carter Rowney and empty-net goal from Sidney Crosby.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com