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Winnik, Downie, Crosby score in 4:08 stretch of third period to beat Coyotes 3-2

  • Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) with Michael Stone (26) defending during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) with Michael Stone (26) defending during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (58) is helped off the ice by teammates Steve Downie (23), and Rob Scuderi (4) after being injured in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (58) is helped off the ice by teammates Steve Downie (23), and Rob Scuderi (4) after being injured in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) slides into Arizona Coyotes' Connor Murphy (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) slides into Arizona Coyotes' Connor Murphy (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

Daniel Winnik, Steve Downie and Sidney Crosby scored in a 4-minute, 8-second stretch of the third period to rally the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Crosby's 25th goal stood as the game-winner and he also had two assists to increase his league-leading scoring total to 78 points. Thomas Greiss stopped 22 shots against his former team to help the Penguins end a two-game skid overall, and a three-game winless stretch at home.

Pittsburgh welcomed Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist back to the lineup, but lost defenseman Kris Letang in the second period because of injury. The Penguins moved into a tie with the New York Islanders for second place in the crowded Metropolitan Division.

Tye McGinn scored his second and Tobias Rieder provided a late goal — his 13th — for the Coyotes, and Mike Smith made 43 saves.