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Michalek's 1st goal in 83 games helps Coyotes beat Penguins 3-1

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 10:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Michalek's 1st goal in 83 games helps Coyotes beat Penguins 3-1

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, and the Phoenix Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation this season with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.

Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for Phoenix. Radim Vrbata scored the third goal for the Coyotes, who were coming off perhaps their worst loss of the season, 3-2 at home to the East's worst team, the Buffalo Sabres, on Thursday night.

Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, who entered 8-0-1 against Pacific Division foes.

Michalek's previous goal was scored on March 5, 2012, for Pittsburgh against Phoenix.

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