Murray, Penguins shut out Coyotes 7-0
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[December 13, 2016]
PITTSBURGH -- Matt Murray had a
32-save shutout and seven players scored Monday as the Pittsburgh
Penguins overwhelmed the Arizona Coyotes 7-0 for their season-high
sixth win in a row.
Murray, still a rookie in terms of Calder Trophy eligibility despite
helping Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup last season, improved to
11-2-0 with his second shutout of the season, the third of his
Pittsburgh also owns a season-best, five-game home winning streak
and has scored 30 goals during that stretch.
Scott Wilson scored the only goal of the first period before Nick
Bonino, Trevor Daley, Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby scored in the
second for a 5-0 lead.
Phil Kessel, on one of his typical slap shots, and Justin Schultz,
on a power play, added goals in the third.
Evgeni Malkin had two assists to extend his point streak at home to
12 games. Crosby, who scored for the fourth straight game, has an
eight-game point streak. Bonino registered an assist in addition to
The Coyotes (9-14-5) fell to 1-4-2 in their past seven games. It was
the opener of a four-game road trip.
The Penguins (19-7-3) dominated the first period, including a 15-7
shot advantage, but had just a 1-0 lead to show for it.
Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was screened when Wilson, from near
the left dot, lifted a shot over Smith's glove and inside the far
post at 8:40.
For the second game in a row, Pittsburgh got an injury scare
involving its captain and the NHL's goal leader. With three seconds
left in the first, Crosby got tangled with teammate Kris Letang and
Arizona's Martin Hanzal, resulting in a stick to the face. Crosby
was on the ice briefly before going to the dressing room.
There was no penalty on the play.
Crosby returned about a minute into the second period.
On Saturday at Tampa, Crosby went through the NHL concussion
protocol but later said he simply got a neck stinger when he was
checked into the glass. He returned in that game, too.
Bonino gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 4:30
of the second. He picked off a clearing attempt and scored from the
lower part of the right circle.
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Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save against the Arizona
Coyotes during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The
Penguins won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY
Daley upped the margin to 3-0 at 6:58 when he got a loose puck in
the slot off another Arizona turnover and scored another unassisted
Rust, from the top of the slot, made it 4-0 at 8:30 and chased Smith
for backup Louis Domingue. Smith stopped 18 of the 22 shots he
It was Crosby's turn next. He batted an Evgeni Malkin rebound out of
the air and under the crossbar for a power-play goal and a 5-0 lead
at 15:13 of the second. It was his 21st goal in his 23rd game.
Domingue wound up allowing three goals on 12 shots.
NOTES: Monday was the one-year anniversary of Mike Sullivan's
appointment as the Penguins' coach. He guided the team to the
Stanley Cup title last spring. ... The Penguins stuck with a plan to
use Kris Letang and Trevor Daley on the points during power plays
after the two-defenseman look netted three man-advantage goals
Saturday. ... C Josh Jooris, picked up Sunday off waivers from the
New York Rangers, made his Coyotes debut. ... C Peter Holland,
acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs last week, still awaits his
Arizona debut, thanks to the standard visa issues that go with
moving from a Canadian team to the United States. ... D Michael
Stone played after the Coyotes made him a healthy scratch Saturday.
... D Connor Murphy did not travel to Pittsburgh while he has an
upper-body injury evaluated. He could join Arizona during its road
trip. ... Pittsburgh scratched C Eric Fehr and D Steve Oleksy; the
Coyotes scratched LW Anthony Duclair and D Kevin Connauton.
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