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Coyotes hang on for win over Penguins behind solid Greiss: By The Numbers

Phoenix Coyotes' Antoine Vermette (50) gets to a loose puck below Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) for a first-period goal during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Not much had gone right for the Phoenix Coyotes in the last 24 hours.

They lost a two-goal lead before falling in overtime to the New York Rangers on Monday. Goaltender Mike Smith suffered a leg injury that appeared to be serious, though he's now listed as day-to-day.

But then things turned around -- at least for one day.

The Coyotes raced out to an early lead and Mikkel Boedker buried the eventual game-winner midway through the second period, and Phoenix held on for a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins -- locking up a season sweep of the second-best team in the Eastern Conference.

Here's a closer look at the win, by the numbers:

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The Coyotes were called for just one penalty in the win, when Chris Summers was whistled for a two-minute interference call midway through the first period.

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Coyotes captain Shane Doan tallied two assists in the win, which was reminiscent of the grind-it-out style Phoenix has been so successful in employing under head coach Dave Tippett.

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The Coyotes' defense limited Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby to just two shots on goal in his team-high 23 minutes of ice time, though he assisted on the Penguins' goal that tied the game at one.

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After Tuesday's win, the Coyotes found themselves with a three-point lead over the Dallas Stars for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and also trailed the Minnesota Wild by three points for the No. 7 spot.

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The Coyotes were without four regulars in Tuesday's win -- Mike Ribeiro, Derek Morris, Lauri Korpikoski and Smith, but still found a way to earn a much-needed two points on the road.

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Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss made 23 saves while stepping in for Smith, who hasn't given a timetable for his return. The Coyotes called up 21-year-old rookie Mark Visentin to serve as their backup goalkeeper while Smith is unable to play.

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Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson logged a game-high 27 minutes of ice time -- almost four minutes more than the next-closest player on either team. Ekman-Larsson got three shots on goal to go along with a blocked shot and hit.

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