''I thought our speed and competitiveness drew some of the penalties,'' Tippett said. ''We really fed off the energy of playing against the Stanley Cup champions.''The Penguins, who beat the Rangers at home on Friday and the Islanders on the road in a shootout the next night, looked listless for most of the night. They let the young Coyotes carry the play to them and paid the price by filling the penalty box -- Phoenix had nine power plays to five for the Penguins, and Pittsburgh gave up two goals with the man advantage for the second game in a row.
''We weren't able to get a whole lot going. There's no real excuse for it, we weren't good at all, but we've got to move on,'' captain Sidney Crosby said.Radim Vrbata scored into the empty net with 53.7 seconds remaining to finish off the Coyotes' first shutout over the Penguins since Jan. 28, 1992, when the then-Winnipeg Jets won 4-0 at Pittsburgh.
''I don't think our guys went into the game with a lackadaisical effort,'' said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who lost in regulation for only the second time in thee regular season since taking over last February. ''I don't think they weren't focused on playing. When you don't execute, you're not paying attention to details, and your brain's not focused on what's coming at you and making the right play.''From the opening faceoff, it was apparent that the Coyotes had a lot more jump than the Penguins. Phoenix carried the play, and though the Coyotes couldn't capitalize on an early power play, they took advantage of the second half of a four-minute high-sticking call against Evgeni Malkin to open the scoring at 9:07.
''We had a lot of penalties in first period, and some guys weren't able to get out there and get into it,''
''I was just waiting for a rebound or a tap-in in front of the net and I fell down,'' Prucha said. ''Vrby tried to score from the goal line and I just took the rebound while I was sitting on the ice.''As they did after scoring their first goal, the Coyotes kept up the pressure -- they barely missed taking a three-goal lead when Doan's 45-foot straightaway blast tipped Pens defenseman Jay McKee and beat Johnson but clanked off the post.
|PPG - Ed Jovanovski (1) ASST: Shane Doan (1), Adrian Aucoin (1)|
1 - 0 PHX
|PPG - Petr Prucha (1) ASST: Radim Vrbata (1), Robert Lang (1)|
2 - 0 PHX
|EN - Radim Vrbata (3) ASST: Martin Hanzal (1)|
3 - 0 PHX
|Power Play %||20.0%||19.3%|
|% on Road||23.2%||16.4%|
|% at Home||17.0%||22.0%|
|Matt Cooke Interference against Scottie Upshall|
|Evgeni Malkin Hi stick - double minor against Keith Yandle|
|Sergei Gonchar Hooking against Scottie Upshall|
|Vernon Fiddler Hooking against Ruslan Fedotenko|
|Adrian Aucoin Interference against Sidney Crosby|
|Sidney Crosby Slashing against Martin Hanzal|
|Brooks Orpik Hooking against Mikkel Boedker|
|Matt Cooke Interference against Ed Jovanovski|
|Radim Vrbata Hooking against Brooks Orpik|
|Adrian Aucoin Roughing against Sidney Crosby|
|Sidney Crosby Slashing against Adrian Aucoin|
|Martin Hanzal Roughing against Matt Cooke|
|Matt Cooke Roughing against Martin Hanzal|
|Ed Jovanovski Roughing against Evgeni Malkin|
|Chris Kunitz Tripping against Mikkel Boedker|
|Jay McKee Hooking against Vernon Fiddler|
|Adrian Aucoin Interference against Jordan Staal|