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Penguins 7, Coyotes 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:16 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 7, Coyotes 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 7, Phoenix Coyotes 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Another game, another highlight for Sidney Crosby.

Crosby scored on a backhand shot as he fell to the ice and added three assists, and Mark Recchi also had a goal and three assist, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

With the Penguins holding a two-goal lead early in the third, Crosby gained control of the puck near the inside of the edge of the right circle but tripped backward over Fredrik Sjostrom's stick. As he left his skates, Crosby muscled a backhand shot over goalie Mikael Tellqvist to make it 5-2.

"I tried to pull the puck in and fell back," Crosby said. "I just tried to get a shot off. I just tried to stay with it. You can't go out there and try to do things like that. You just have to react. I was lucky enough to get my stick there."

Pittsburgh coach Michel Terrien added, "the guys on the bench couldn't believe it. That was another highlight goal."

The goal was Crosby's second point from a more-or-less horizontal position. He left his skates to lunge forward from behind the net and pass the puck to Ryan Malone in front of the crease for the game's first goal 24 seconds in.

Crosby said having such a performance in front of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky was an added bonus.

"It's a unique experience for all of us," Crosby said. "We grew up watching him. I don't think you come up here with something to prove but it's a unique experience to play against a team coached by one of the best players of all time."

Gretzky said Crosby is an "exceptional hockey player and a great athlete."

"You can't stop people making comparisons," Gretzky said. "That's always going to be there and that's the good thing about the game. I was telling people today that it's pretty amazing how quickly the time goes. Here he is, he's 19 and he's going to be compared to guys for a few years. Before you turn around a new guy comes in and everybody says he's the new Crosby. It definitely happens quickly."

Maxime Talbot, Ryan Whitney, Jarkko Ruutu, and Ronald Petrovicky also scored, and Sergei Gonchar added a pair assists for the Penguins, who have won five of six.

Shane Doan and Steve Reinprecht scored for the Coyotes, who have lost five of eight since winning a season-best seven straight.

Crosby helped the Penguins take the lead for good midway through the second period. He wound up to shoot the puck from the outside edge of the right faceoff circle but instead passed to Whitney, who one-timed the puck past Mikael Tellqvist from the bottom of the left circle to break a 2-2 tie.

Ruutu extended Pittsburgh's lead to 4-2 at 17:37 of the second when he slid the puck between Tellqvist's pads from the left circle.

Just 15 seconds after Crosby gave Pittsburgh the three-goal lead, Petrovicky scored to put Pittsburgh ahead 6-2. Recchi added a power-play goal at 12:16 to cap the scoring with Crosby earning his third assist.

After Malone's early goal, Doan tied the score 1-1 at 11:36 of the first when he took a pass through the crease from Ladislav Nagy and beat Jocelyn Thibault with Phoenix on a 5-on-3 power-play.

Talbot put the Penguins ahead 2-1 on a blast from the point at 13:32 of the first. Reinprecht tied the score at 2 at 10:37 of the second period on a wrist shot off a scrum in front of the net.

"When you tie the game up at 2-2 you feel you're right in the game," Doan said. "Then they just beat us. They beat us all night."

Notes: Recchi has six goals in his last three games and 13 points (seven goals, six assists) during his current six-game points streak. ... Crosby also has a six-game points streak, with four goals and nine assists in that stretch. ... Crosby and the Penguins did what even the Detroit Red Wings couldn't do this season - sell out Jobing.Com Arena. A standing-room crowd of 18,495 was on hand to see Crosby's lone visit to the Valley during the current three-year scheduling cycle. ... Pittsburgh and Phoenix were playing for the first time since February 25, 2004, when the Penguins won 4-3 in overtime. ... Doan moved within one goal of Doug Smail for fifth place on the Coyotes' career list with 188. He has 10 goals and nine assists in his last 15 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:24
PIT
Ryan Malone (8) Snap shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (51), Mark Recchi (29)
1 - 0 PIT
11:36
PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Ladislav Nagy (30), Ed Jovanovski (17)
1 - 1 Tie
13:32
PIT
Maxime Talbot (6) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Recchi (30), Sergei Gonchar (30)
2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
10:37
PHX
Steve Reinprecht (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Oleg Saprykin (18), Nick Boynton (4)
2 - 2 Tie
13:16
PIT
PPG - Ryan Whitney (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (52), Sergei Gonchar (31)
3 - 2 PIT
17:37
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Ronald Petrovicky (1)
4 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
04:48
PIT
PPG - Sidney Crosby (25) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Recchi (31), Ryan Whitney (27)
5 - 2 PIT
05:03
PIT
Ronald Petrovicky (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (7), Jarkko Ruutu (6)
6 - 2 PIT
12:16
PIT
PPG - Mark Recchi (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Malone (8), Sidney Crosby (53)
7 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:04
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Charging against  Ronald Petrovicky
09:55
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Holding against  Ladislav Nagy
11:12
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:42
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Fighting (maj) against  Ed Jovanovski
16:42
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Roughing against  Ed Jovanovski
16:42
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Fighting (maj) against  Brooks Orpik
20:00
PHX
Nick Boynton  Roughing
2nd Period
06:37
PIT
Michel Ouellet  Abuse of officials - bench
11:53
PHX
Georges Laraque  Charging against  Michel Ouellet
13:06
PIT
Ryan Malone  Roughing
13:06
PHX
Owen Nolan  Roughing
14:48
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Hooking
3rd Period
03:43
PHX
Yanic Perreault  Hooking
11:07
PHX
Josh Gratton  Instigator against  Ronald Petrovicky
11:07
PHX
Josh Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Ronald Petrovicky
11:07
PHX
Josh Gratton  Misconduct (10 min)
11:07
PHX
Josh Gratton  Game misconduct
11:07
PIT
Ronald Petrovicky  Roughing against  Josh Gratton
18:34
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Roughing
goalie stats
Jocelyn Thibault
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 2 - 2
Mikael Tellqvist
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .781SH: 0 - 0