PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Thomas Greiss stopped 23 shots — including all 15 he faced over the final two periods — and the Phoenix Coyotes edged the sloppy Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.
David Moss, Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who never trailed while picking up two vital points in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Greiss was sharp and received plenty of help from his defence as Phoenix rebounded a night after losing starting goaltender Mike Smith indefinitely with a right leg injury in a loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Taylor Pyatt scored for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves, but the Penguins looked lifeless at times without centre Evgeni Malkin, who is out 2-3 weeks with a foot injury.