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Arizona Coyotes Vs Pittsburgh Penguins recap: Home is where heart is

First win at home of the season. Nice 39th birthday present for the captain.

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The Arizona Coyotes are 2-0-0 on the season after beating both the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. Did you have that going into the year?

Game Summary

First Period

No scoring but a lot of back and forth action. The Coyotes outshot the Penguins. The game started to get chippy because Mike Smith was knocked into the net. This is the theme of the evening.

Second Period

AZ Goal @ 5:00: Tobias Rieder from Anthony Duclair and Martin Hanzal

PITT Goal @ 5:17: Phil Kessel Unassisted.

AZ Goal @ 7:29: Jordan Martinook from Steve Downie and Boyd Gordon.

In the second period the tension rose and the dumb penalties did start to take hold.

Third Period

Mike Smith decided to slam the door shut and rob a few Penguins. The game could have gotten out of hand with penalties and such but nothing came from it.

All in all it was a very solid game for the Coyotes.

Paw Prints

Shots On Goal

Arizona: 39

Pittsburgh: 28

Faceoff Percentage

Arizona: 55%

Pittsburgh: 45%

Attendance: 17,125 (Sold Out)

The Penguins Perspective: Pensburgh

Three Stars of the Game

1. Mike Smith. 27 Saves on 28 shots. Save Percentage of .964%. Smith is still looking very solid in net.

2. Tobias Rieder: 2nd goal of the season, 4 shots on goal 16:18 total ice time

3. Jordan Martinook: 1st career NHL goal, 5 shots on goal 11:02 total ice time

Looking ahead

The next game the Arizona Coyotes play is at Anaheim Ducks on October 14th, at 7:30pm