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NHL: Zbynek Michalek scores to lead Coyotes over Penguins

Published February 2, 2014 12:44 pm

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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. The Penguins, who had won three straight over the Coyotes, made their first appearance in Arizona in 3 1-2 years.