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Coyotes acquire Plotnikov from Penguins on deadline day

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“Obviously, you can see the (first line’s) production on the score sheet”, coach Mike Sullivan said.

A person with direct knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Coyotes have acquired winger Sergei Plotnikov from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospect Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

Flyers 5, Flames 3: PHILADELPHIA – Brayden Schenn had his first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the first two periods to lead Philadelphia.

Given their crowded schedule, the Penguins might be getting hot at just the right time – they’ve won three of four and are 1-4-1 in their last 16 games.

A Calder Cup champion with Texas in 2014, Jeffrey has played 317 career AHL contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Texas, Bridgeport, Utica and Springfield, totaling 94 goals and 180 assists for 274 points.

Marc-Andre Fleury has a 2.12 GAA in nine career starts against the Coyotes, though it’s unclear if he’ll get the nod with Pittsburgh playing the following night at NHL-leading Washington. Hornqvist completed his hat trick with a power-play goal 11:06 into the second that forced a brief delay when hundreds of Penguins sock monkeys – part of a promotion – rained onto the Consol Energy Center ice to celebrate the first hat trick on a Leap Day in team history.

The 19-year-old Nylander is the organization’s top prospect and was set to make his National Hockey League debut Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have said they’re not trading pending free agent Steven Stamkos before the 3 p.m. deadline. “But still, I’m comfortable with where we’re at as a team”.

Interestingly, the Penguins play the Coyotes at home tonight, meaning Plotnikov needs only to move to the visiting locker room to potentially play against his now former club only a few hours after being dealt. It was also the third time the Coyotes have been shut out this season. Hornqvist cashed in 5:42 into the game by poking in his own rebound past a sprawled Domingue. “It’s something I’ve never experienced before, losing a really good player and good teammate”.

“We’re not throwing in the towel in”, Maloney said.

Realistically, the undrafted power forward only gives Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a needed extra body with Kuhnhackl, Sheary, Rust and Wilson still in Pittsburgh, and with little chance of a seventh rounder turning into anything significant, the trade indicates the Penguins, and likely Plotnikov, simply wanted to move on. Penguins D Justin Schultz, acquired Saturday from the Edmonton Oilers, has yet to report…. Pittsburgh scratched goalie Jeff Zatkoff and made rookie Matt Murray the primary backup. Phoenix returns home to host Anaheim on Thursday.

Patric Hornqvist left scored three times for Pittsburgh

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