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Bizarre goal off Sutter's backside sparks Pens in 2-1 win over Coyotes to snap 4-game slide

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Brandon Sutter, left, celebrates with teammate Blake Comeau (17) after his second period goal against the Arizona Coyotes during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March  21, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Brandon Sutter, left, celebrates with teammate Blake Comeau (17) after his second period goal against the Arizona Coyotes during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Coyotes' goaltender Mike Smith, left, makes a skate save on the re-direction attempt by Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz (14) as Arizona Coyotes' Andrew Campbell (45) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March  21, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Arizona Coyotes' goaltender Mike Smith, left, makes a skate save on the re-direction attempt by Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz (14) as Arizona Coyotes' Andrew Campbell (45) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Coyotes' Andrew Campbell, left, is checked by Pittsburgh Penguins' Beau Bennett (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March  21, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Arizona Coyotes' Andrew Campbell, left, is checked by Pittsburgh Penguins' Beau Bennett (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)  (The Associated Press)

Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith inadvertently banked a clearance pass off Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter's backside and into his own net, sparking the Penguins from a dreadful start to a 3-1 victory Saturday night that snapped a four-game losing streak.

Daniel Winnik's redirect over Smith's head and under the crossbar 4 minutes later in the second period put the Penguins ahead to stay.

Sidney Crosby scored his 23rd goal into an empty net with 12 seconds left and earned his 50th assist on Winnik's goal. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots.

Tobias Rieder's short-handed goal 1:34 in was the lone offense for the Coyotes, who have lost 17 of 18.

Smith stopped 34 shots in his 36th loss. He's the first goaltender to lose that many in a season since Marc Denis for Columbus in 2003-04.

Pittsburgh failed to register a shot on goal for the first 13 minutes.