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    Post Game 54: Penguins @ Coyotes

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    "The Pens stayed the night in Denver following their 4-1 win over Colorado on Thursday. They flew to Phoenix this morning and practiced this afternoon at Gila River Arena.

    Evgeni Malkin (lower-body, 6 games missed) skated with the team for a fourth straight day, his second with full-contact.

    "Today was good," he said afterward. "It was not the hardest practice; it was a light practice but I feel great. It's day-by-day. It's close and right now I feel great. Hopefully I come back soon."

    Malkin said while he's hoping to return Saturday against the Coyotes, he has to wait and see how he feels in the morning (the Pens will not be holding a morning skate with the 6 p.m. local time puck drop).

    "It's tough to say right now. There's a good chance," he said. "I feel good today and we will see what is going on tomorrow morning. It's very important to see what's going on tomorrow morning,how it feels. I'm not going to say 100 percent but there's a good chance to play."

    Head coach Mike Sullivan also wasn't ready to commit to Malkin's return.

    "We're certainly encouraged with the practice he had today," Sullivan said. "He felt strong, it was full contact for him. We'll see how he responds to it. Right now, his status is just day-to-day."

    One player who will not be dressing for tomorrow's matchup is Bryan Rust, who left late in the second period of Thursday's game. He was driving to the net when Sidney Crosby hit him with a pass he tried to deflect in.

    As Rust was reaching for it, Avs defenseman Mark Barbiero cross-checked him hard and sent him flying into goalie Calvin Pickard and into the net. Rust was slow to get up, went straight to the locker room and did not return.

    "He's not going to play tomorrow," Sullivan said. "So we'll evaluate him when we get back to Pittsburgh. We'll have more information then."

    During his media conference Sullivan provided one more update, this one on injured winger Carl Hagelin, who has missed the last two games with a concussion.

    "'Haggy' is status quo," Sullivan said. "He skated on his own this morning, I believe. But we'll let you know when he makes progress. He's still status quo."

    With Rust, Hagelin and Conor Sheary (lower-body, four games missed) all out with injuries, that means the Pens are going to be missing a lot of quickness from their lineup.

    "It's hard to replace those guys," Sullivan said. "They bring a lot of speed to our lineup. That's one of the reasons they're here. They're all good players in their own right, so when three of them go down at the same time it's a challenge. But as I've always said, it provides opportunities for others to step up, play more significant roles and we've got to continue to work to get better and find ways to win games.""

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    Post Coyotes keep Sidney Crosby at 998, win in overtime

    "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Defenseman Connor Murphy scored his first goal in 51 games with 21.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

    Murphy carried the puck into the Penguins zone and beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle for his first overtime goal in the NHL.

    "It's exciting," said Murphy, who had not scored since April 5. "Obviously, that's probably not the best goal given up for them, from that wide of an angle, but I am pretty happy with it. I'm not the biggest goal-scorer, and it's been a long time, but my first [overtime goal] is a pretty memorable one."

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    Penguins center Sidney Crosby did not have a point for a second consecutive game and remains two shy of 1,000 for his NHL career.

    Murphy's overtime winner

    01:28 February 11th, 2017

    Martin Hanzal, who scored two goals for Arizona (18-28-7), played a major role in keeping Crosby off the score sheet.

    "[Hanzal] was a monster for us tonight," said Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who made 28 saves. "Right from the drop of the puck, he was engaged in the game and he led by example. That's what we need from him."

    Pittsburgh (34-13-7) trailed 3-1 with less than six minutes left.

    Rookie Josh Archibald, who scored his first two NHL goals, got the rally started. After Smith left his crease and mishandled the puck, Archibald stuffed it into the open net at 14:38 to pull the Penguins within 3-2.

    "We were told before the game to pressure him sometimes he'll cough up the puck," said Archibald, who had 11 goals with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League before being called up Friday for his second NHL game. "I guess I put a little too much pressure on him, and he kind of gave it right to me."

    Archibald's shorthanded goal

    01:00 February 11th, 2017

    "That play changed the complexion of the game," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "We had the lead and things were going pretty smooth but that gave them life, and then we were hanging on for dear life."

    With Fleury pulled for the extra attacker, Phil Kessel beat Smith off a rebound to tie it 3-3.

    "Anytime you come back from a two-goal deficit and get a point, you have to give our players credit for the fight and the resilience," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "Having said that, our expectation is to win games and we didn't win."

    Archibald got to the rebound of an Eric Fehr shot and lifted a backhand past Smith just under the crossbar to put the Penguins up 1-0 at 5:41 of the second period.

    Rieder scored his fourth goal in six career games against the Penguins at 6:40 to tie it 1-1, and the Coyotes took a 2-1 lead when Hanzal shoved the puck under Fleury's pad on the rebound of a Radim Vrbata shot at 9:00 of the second.

    Hanzal scored on the rebound of an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot at 3:36 of the third to make it 3-1.

    Hanzal slides home a PPG

    00:52 February 11th, 2017

    Goal of the game

    Hanzal dove across the crease to get to a rebound and squeeze the puck under Fleury's arm to give the Coyotes a two-goal lead.

    Hanzal's second goal of the game

    01:05 February 11th, 2017

    Save of the game

    Smith got his glove on Carter Rowney's shot from in tight with 12:51 left to keep Arizona up by two goals.

    Unsung performance of the game

    After struggling in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Ekman-Larsson and defense partner Luke Schenn shut down the Crosby line most of the night. Ekman-Larsson had two assists, a shot on goal and two blocked shots in 28:35.

    Highlight of the game

    The Penguins forced overtime when Kessel tracked a Kris Letang shot that hit Patric Hornqvist's skate and then the post before beating Smith on the rebound.

    Kessel's late equalizer

    00:54 February 11th, 2017

    They said it

    "[Josh Archibald] scored two goals and brought us a lot of energy. He chased pucks down and he was in on the forecheck. He can really fly." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

    "For Marty Hanzal to be able to match up [with Sidney Crosby] at center and put in a couple of goals and play hard and bang some bodies around in our D-zone, it's impressive to see and should be a boost of confidence." -- Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy

    Fitzgerald joins the broadcast

    03:30 February 11th, 2017

    Need to know

    On Feb. 11, the lucky number was 11. On Larry Fitzgerald Bobblehead Night (he wears No. 11 for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL), Hanzal (No. 11 for the Coyotes), scored his 11th goal of the season with exactly 11 minutes left in the second period. It was the first time since Feb. 24 and 27, 2016, that Crosby has been held without a point in back-to-back games.

    What's next

    Penguins: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, ROOT, NHL.TV)

    Coyotes: At the Calgary Flames on Monday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

    Recap: PIT 3, ARI 4 - F/OT

    04:11 February 11th, 2017

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