GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Andy Chiodo picked the perfect moment for his first career win.
Chiodo made 28 saves, and Ric Jackman scored with 3:12 left in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped an 18-game winless streak with a 4-3 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.
“It’s pretty exciting in light of how hard this team has worked and suffered an unfortunate fate the last little while,” said Chiodo, who was recalled from the minors Feb. 17 and had lost his two previous starts.
Selected in the seventh round (199th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Chiodo started two games for Wheeling in November before being recalled to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton where he was 12-13-2 with two shutouts, a 2.35 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 31 games before being called up to Pittsburgh.
The Penguins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the Coyotes’ first game since making a coaching change.
Jackman redirected a shot by Dick Tarnstrom past goalie Brian Boucher and promptly was mobbed on the ice by his jubilant teammates.