By Kathryn Bell
For the third time in five games the Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a win, beating the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 in Glendale. Sidney Crosby recorded a goal and an assist.
Pittsburgh third line with Jake Guentzel, Carl Hagelin and Zach Aston-Reese netted three goals against the Coyotes.
They scored three goals in the first period.
Aston-Reese opened the scoring at 7:54 of the first period when he beat Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper. He was on the right wing when he shot the puck past Kuemper on the left side.
Hagelin put the Penguins up 2-0 at 14:07 of the first period. First, on a rebound, then he put in a shot after it was blocked.
Guentzel scored his fifth goal of the season on a power play at 17:53 of the first period. Brad Hawkinson set up the goal.
Goalie Matt Murray stopped 18 shots, including a point-blank chance by Nick Cousins, in his second start.
Both teams blew two-goal leads.
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their current winning streak to five games, beating the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.
The Penguins were without two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Kris Letang, who has a lower-body injury.
Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 19 shots to help Pittsburgh improve to 16-8-3 overall.
Forward Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist.
Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots for Arizona.
The Penguins bounced back from a loss to the Kings on Tuesday night. They won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-November.
Flyers vs. Devils
The Philadelphia Flyers continue their four-game road trip in Brooklyn on Friday night. The Flyers are going on a five-game road trip in the next six games.
For now, their five-game road trip is a must-win game with the streaking Washington Capitals, who are still 14 points ahead of the Flyers in the Atlantic Division standings.
The last time the Flyers were on the ice in Brooklyn was to help raise money for the organization Stand Up To Cancer.
Sharks vs. Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be the only team from the Atlantic Division remaining on the road.
The Sharks will host the Lightning for the second time this season. San Jose beat Tampa Bay 2-1 on Tuesday night in Tampa.
The Lightning didn’t fare too well on their last road trip, losing three of their five games. On Wednesday night, the Lightning didn’t even finish the second period against the Nashville Predators. They scored three goals in the first, but were outscored 6-2 in the second period, so they lost 6-4.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will play their second game on Saturday night.