The Phoenix Coyotes needed this game.

One night after blowing two leads and falling in overtime to the New York
Rangers, the Coyotes held on to their late lead and defeated the Pittsburgh
Penguins 3-2.

Not only did the Coyotes need this game, they needed to win it the way they
did.

Phoenix's problem with closing out games is well documented, so its ability
to maintain a one-goal lead and escape with victory, especially playing the
second game of a back-to-back, is very encouraging for a team fighting for a
playoff spot.

In fact, the Coyotes were able to hold on to that one-goal lead for the
final 26:42 of the game in large part due to their back-up goaltender.

With starting goaltender Mike Smith injured, Thomas Greiss was handed the
reins to the team with the simple task of defeating the second best team in
the Eastern Conference and the best player in the world.

Greiss was up to the challenge, stopping 23-of-25 shots for his eighth win
of the season.

Many did not think this game would ultimately turn into a goaltenders duel,
especially early on.

The opening period was a high-scoring offensive affair that saw each team
pot a pair of goals.