The Pittsburgh Penguins managed only two scores off the Phoenix Coyotes’ backup goaltender, Thomas Greiss, on Tuesday night and lost for the fifth time in their last seven games, dropping a 3-2 home decision at Consol Energy Center.
With the Penguins (46-21-5) needing only one more win to qualify for their eighth straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, only Jussi Jokinen and Taylor Pyatt could manage to score Pittsburgh goals. Marc-Andre Fleury (34-17-4) made 26 stops, but took the loss.
David Moss, Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored for Phoenix (35-26-12), and Greiss (8-5-2) recorded 23 saves.
The Penguins played without center Evgeni Malkin, who will miss two-to-three weeks – possibly the rest of the regular season – with a foot injury. Malkin was apparently hurt during his first shift in a 1-0 home loss to St. Louis on Sunday, but played the entire game and led all Penguins players in ice time. The team believes he will be ready for the playoffs, which begin on April 16.
Pittsburgh will finish a four-game homestand on Thursday night with a 7:00 PM Game against the Los Angeles Kings (42-25-6). Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM.