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Penguins allow comeback, pull out victory at Coyotes

| Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The 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 Maatta 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.”

The Penguins 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 sealed the outcome with an empty-net goal.

“That's tough. I mean, it was 14 seconds,” said Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, a former Penguins assistant whose team has lost six in a row 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.”

The Penguins were sharp early — reversing a trend of recent slow starts — putting constant pressure on the Coyotes and outshooting them 26-11 through the first two periods.

Rowney scored in the second period on a nice feed from Bryan Rust after Domi was bumped off the puck in his own zone, creating a 2-on-1. Malkin scored on a rebound with just over minute left in the second, getting the tip of his stick on the puck to trickle it past Raanta.

“All the way through the game I thought we generated some good chances,” Crosby said.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Sidney Crosby (87) battle for the puck with Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Sidney Crosby (87) battle for the puck with Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers (55) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Max Domi (16) battle for the puck in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Max Domi (16) battle for the puck in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair (10) skates away from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) and Kris Letang (58) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Coyotes left wing Anthony Duclair (10) skates away from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin (8) and Kris Letang (58) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (9) carries the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (9) carries the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Carter Rowney (37) celebrates with Bryan Rust (17), Brian Dumoulin (8), and Kris Letang (58) after scoring a goal in the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Carter Rowney (37) celebrates with Bryan Rust (17), Brian Dumoulin (8), and Kris Letang (58) after scoring a goal in the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck during the second period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck during the second period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Patric Hornqvist attempts a shot on goaltender Antti Raanta during the second period at Gila River Arena on Dec. 16, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz.
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Patric Hornqvist attempts a shot on goaltender Antti Raanta during the second period at Gila River Arena on Dec. 16, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz.
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates in with the puck ahead of Max Domi #16 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates in with the puck ahead of Max Domi #16 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Carter Rowney #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Bryan Rust #17, Brian Dumoulin #8 and Kris Letang #58 after scoring a short-handed goal against goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Carter Rowney #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with Bryan Rust #17, Brian Dumoulin #8 and Kris Letang #58 after scoring a short-handed goal against goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  (L-R) Conor Sheary #43, Evgeni Malkin #71 and Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after Malkin scored a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: (L-R) Conor Sheary #43, Evgeni Malkin #71 and Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate after Malkin scored a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shoots to score a goal past goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shoots to score a goal past goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Carter Rowney #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a short-handed goal past goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Carter Rowney #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a short-handed goal past goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) carries the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes right wing Tobias Rieder in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) carries the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes right wing Tobias Rieder in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn (2) steals the pass intended for Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn (2) steals the pass intended for Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Dominik Simon (49) carries the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Dominik Simon (49) carries the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins covers the puck as Matt Hunwick #22 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes skate in during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins covers the puck as Matt Hunwick #22 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes skate in during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Tobias Rieder #8 of the Arizona Coyotes looks to shoot the puck ahead of Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Tobias Rieder #8 of the Arizona Coyotes looks to shoot the puck ahead of Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Olli Maatta #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Brad Richardson #15 of the Arizona Coyotes battle for the puck along the boards during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Olli Maatta #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Brad Richardson #15 of the Arizona Coyotes battle for the puck along the boards during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Ian Cole #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates on the ice before the start of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Ian Cole #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates on the ice before the start of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck ahed of Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck ahed of Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16:  Goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is congratulated by Sidney Crosby #87 after defeating the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penguins defeated the Coyotes 4-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 16: Goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is congratulated by Sidney Crosby #87 after defeating the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 16, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penguins defeated the Coyotes 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Olli Maatta (left) celebrates with Patric Hornqvist (second from right) and Chad Ruhwedel after he scored the winning goal against Arizona.
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Olli Maatta (left) celebrates with Patric Hornqvist (second from right) and Chad Ruhwedel after he scored the winning goal against Arizona.
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