Penguins return to winning ways

Pittsburgh Penguins 3  Arizona Coyotes 1

The Penguins ended their three-game losing streak with a win against the Coyotes at PPG Paints Arena.

Arizona got off to a bad start when Penguins’ Justin Schultz scored just 59 seconds into the game. Schultz returned to the Pens team after being out for six games with a concussion suffered in Edmonton.

Evgeni Malkin then doubled the lead just 3:07 into the first period after assisting Schultz’s goal. In their previous five games, the Penguins had failed to score more than one even-strength goal.

The Penguins dominated the second period, with a scoring chance coming from Riley Sheahan which fired off the post. Phil Kessel then found Kris Letang who made an excellent play through to Sheahan but the shot was saved by Arizona goalie Antti Raanta.

Malkin also gained an assist on the power-play goal scored by Kessel 6:06 into the third period.

“We understood each other pretty well tonight, but it’s not just one game. We have to play better and better every game,” Malkin stated.

The Coyotes end their three-game road trip to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, while the Penguins face a big game when they play the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Edited by Frankie Levin

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