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Struggling Mullen nets 2 to lead struggling Pens

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It never used to be a big deal for Joe Mullen to score two goals or the Pittsburgh Penguins to win two straight games.

But both player and team have been struggling, which made Thursday night's 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs all the more significant."It was a pretty good effort," said general manager Craig Patrick, who is coaching the Penguins because he fired Eddie Johnston earlier this month in the midst of a prolonged slump.

It marked the first two-game winning streak for the Penguins since they won three in a row in the first week of February. And it was just like old times for Mullen, who used to make two-goal games a standard practice in his younger days.

It took the 40-year-old Mullen 46 games this season to score the five goals he needed to make 500. Mullen admittedly is more relaxed now that he's reached the plateau, which made him the first American-born player in NHL history to score 500 goals.

Panthers 2, Senators 2

Jody Hull scored at 1:40 of the third period as visiting Florida tied Ottawa.

Coyotes 4, Blackhawks 2

Keith Tkachuk scored all four Phoenix goals and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 40 shots for the Coyotes at Chicago.

Blues 4, Whalers 1

Grant Fuhr stopped 28 shots and Pierre Turgeon had two goals and an assist as St. Louis beat Hartford.

Sharks 2, Canucks 1

Viktor Kozlov's power-play goal early in the third period lifted San Jose to victory at Vancouver.