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Letestu's shootout goal lifts Pens over Phoenix

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Rookie Mark Letestu scores the only goal in the shootout as the Penguins wrap-up their road trip with a 4-3 win in Phoenix.

Penguins 4 - Coyotes 3,  SHOOTOUT

The Penguins came back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime and ultimately win on Mark Letestu's shootout goal. Brent Johnson replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period and stopped 22 of 23 shots, including all three in the shootout.


The Coyotes scored twice on their first five shots of the game, chasing Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored three minutes apart within the first four minutes of the second period to tie things at two. Wojtek Wolski gave Phoenix a 3-2 lead late in the second, but Chris Kunits rifled a shot past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on a power play with just 34 seconds left in the second period to tie the game again.

After a scoreless third period and overtime, Phoenix's Radim Vrbata, Wojtek Wolski and Lauri Korpikoski; and the Penguins Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang all failed to score, leaving things up to Mark Letestu. The rookie buried a wristshot and sent the Penguins back to Pittsburgh with the two points.


Goals: Crosby, Malkin and Kunitz scored for the Pens, while Vrbata, Wolski and Eric Belanger scored for Phoenix.

Assists: Crosby, Letestu, Aaron Asham and Paul Martin had helpers for the winners; Belanger, Wolski, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Lee Stempniak, Kyle Turris and Ray Whitney had assists for the home club.


Marc-Andre Fleury got the start but struggled and got the hook just seven minutes into the game. Brent Johnson relieved and allowed one goal on 23 shots. He stopped all 10 shots in the third period and overtime, and added saves on all three shootout attempts. Bryzgalov made 33 saves on 36 shots for the Coyotes.


Kunitz's power play goal was the Pens' lone tally in five tries. The Penguins PK was a perfect 4-for-4.


The Penguins (7-7-1) return home on Wednesday to host the Boston Bruins (7-4-1).

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