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23:56, May 20 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two nights after losing to the Eastern Conferences worst team, the Phoenix Coyotes handled the best. Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, and the Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat the 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 Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. "I think we had something to prove," Michalek said. "We believed in this room that when we play the right way, we can play against any team. I think tonight was a great effort by everybody." Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, who entered 8-0-1 against Pacific Division foes. Michaleks previous goal was scored on March 5, 2012, for Pittsburgh against Phoenix. "Its been almost two years," he said. "Hopefully I dont have to wait that long for the next one." Michalek acknowledged that he had extra motivation for this one. "For sure," he said. "This one feels good, and for me even sweeter. Anytime you play against your former team, you want to show up, you want to win." The Penguins, who had won three straight over the Coyotes, made their first appearance in Arizona in 3 1-2 years. Mike Smith, back in goal after Phoenix had gone with Thomas Greiss the previous two games, made 23 saves. Pittsburghs Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots. With just 24 shots, the Penguins offence was off its usual form. "Tonight was a tough-fought game. There wasnt a lot out there," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "Thats the kind of games we expect. We have to be able to play a patient game, not be taking chances with the way we play or the way we play with the puck." Playing in front 17,362, the Coyotes second-largest home crowd this season, Pittsburgh fell behind 2-0. The Penguins made it a one-goal game before Vrbatas shot on a 2-on-1 rush slipped through Fleury to make it 3-1 with 15:47 to play. The Penguins fell to 2-10 in games in which NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby fails to get a point. "They play good team defence as a group," Crosby said. "I think we didnt make it tough enough on them. We didnt hold the puck in their zone. Theyre pretty good at blocking shots and getting their stick on pucks. "You have to give them credit, but I dont think we did a good enough job of creating, either. I think we could have done more there." Coyotes coach Dave Tippett credited the defence of Oliver Ekman-Larsson against the Crosby line. "Ollie was all-world there," Tippett said. "Thats an unbelievable game by him." Ekman-Larsson called it "a good challenge for me and Z (Michalek)." "I think we did a pretty good job all night," he said. "So it was fun." Ribeiro put Phoenix ahead 1-0 with his 14th goal of the season and 200th of his career. His wrist shot from the left circle got past Fleurys left side and rattled in with 7:18 to play in the opening period. David Schlemnko and Antoine Vermette had assists. Vermette extended his career-high point streak to seven games. Ribeiros goal came just after Pittsburgh killed a penalty. After Pittsburghs prolific power play failed to score, Phoenix made it 2-0 on Michaleks slap shot past Fleury with 9:50 left in the second. Ekman-Larsson and Ribeiro got the assists. The Penguins made it one-goal game when Malkin scored his 16th of the season, from the right side of the net off a pass from James Neal. Jussi Jokinen also got an assist on the goal. NOTES: Pittsburgh is 11-4-1 against the Western Conference. ... The Penguins are 10-13-1 when their opponent scores first. ... Pittsburghs Olli Maatta left the ice after taking a puck to the face in the third period. ... The only other Pacific Division team to beat Pittsburgh was Edmonton 4-3 in OT on Jan. 10. ... 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"We set very, very high expectations for ourselves. Its a sport that we play for the fans. . . We would expect nothing less than expectations continue to grow each and every day." The Jets finished four points higher than the Thrashers in their last season in Atlanta but still missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season, despite a couple of runs that put them in contention. Unless they manage to trade up, the best they can do is ninth overall in Fridays first round and, while the draft is a chance to take a step in team building, the payoff wont be immediate. Mark Sheifele, last years top draft pick, saw most of his action in the Ontario Hockey League in 2011-12, although he did take a brief turn with the Jets and then their American Hockey League farm team during their playoff run. It would take a trade to have more immediate impact and up until now Cheveldayoff hasnt exactly burned up the phone lines. Was he waiting for this moment? Naturally he isnt saying, but he is sticking to the idea that you dont feast today and fast tomorrow. "We want to build for the now and for the future," he said. "If drafting a player accomplishes that or trading the pick that helps you for the now and the future, its something well look at. Trading simply for the now is something that isnt what were looking for." Theres also the free agent market come July 1, if the draft doesnt give the Jets the opportunity they need. "Were going to explore all options to continue to move this team forward," he said. League chatter always ratchets up around this time of year. "Theres been lots of conversations from various other teams and general managers on various different topics," he said. "I expect as we get closer to the actual draft day that some interesting and intriguing opportunities could present themselves and if they do, well look at them." So far, it seems the right opportunity hasnt presented itself.dddddddddddd "Right now, were preparing ourselves that were going to draft a player at our pick, but again all those things can change with one phone call." OK, then who? If it is to be a draft pick, should it be offence or defence that gets shoring up? Are the Jets happy with their No. 1 goaltender and is he happy with them? Odrej Pavelec finished with a .906 save percentage in 68 games but there has also been talk hes looking at a possible KHL job in Europe, playing a lot closer to home in the Czech Republic. There has been talk 30-goal-scorer Evander Kane may be looking for a new home. "I really dont comment much on negotiations that are ongoing," Cheveldayoff said of talks with any of his restricted or unrestricted free agents. So, even with no holes to plug, Cheveldayoff has said hed like another top-six forward and probably a little help on defence as well, to add more size to the mix. On centre they could use some size. At six foot six and 245 pounds, Nik Antropov is the only really big centre they have. Its easy to see a lot of players who would fit the bill, but how many will be left when it comes to ninth pick. Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League certainly fits at 6-4 and over 200 pounds, but hes also expected to go a lot higher than ninth. In his first season with the Quebec Remparts, he led QMJHL rookies with 45 goals and 85 points and finished third in the league with eight game-winning goals. Not ranked quite as high but of similar size is Radek Faksa out of the Ontario Hockey League. Faksa led OHL rookies with his 29 goals, 37 assists and 66 points during 2011-12 season. OHL prospect Brendan Gaunce might still be around. At 6-2 and 215 pounds, he already has more bulk than most of Winnipegs centremen and at 18 hes still growing. He performed well with the Canadian under-18 junior team that won gold at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. But if a scoring touch is what other teams are seeking as well, the Jets might have more luck with blue-liners like 6-4 Griffin Reinhart out of the Western Hockey League. The son of former NHL defenceman Paul Reinhart has the kind of hockey pedigree that might appeal to the Jets. Hes a little smaller but fellow WHL defenceman Mathew Dumba, at an even six feet and 185 pounds, also led all defencemen in the league last season in scoring with his 20 goals for the Red Deer Rebels. "The list has many different variations," said Cheveldayoff. wholesale jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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