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Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott each had a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten streak to three games with a 4-1 victory over slumping Phoenix Coyotes.

"If we want to be one of the top four or five teams in the league, we know we have to improve every game," Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko said. "Our last couple of games have definitely been better and we have to build on that."

The win propelled the Devils to the first place in the Atlantic Division and into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They moved ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost to the New York Rangers, and matched the Ottawa Senators with 74 points.

"We are concentrating one game at a time," said Arnott. "We know it's a struggle and we have to play better down the stretch. I was going out working hard and we are supporting each other out there. We're playing as a unit."

New Jersey went through a slump before the current 2-0-1 streak and despite of struggling at home all season, they are 3-1-1 in the last five games at Continental Airlines Arena.

"I think our whole team is playing well now," Arnott said. "We've got four lines going and they're all playing hard. It's nice to see it's coming together down the stretch."

Phoenix is really struggling right now, going 1-7 in their last eight games. The Coyotes have scored just nine goals in that span.

"As far as opportunities, all that matters is results," Phoenix coach Jim Schoenfeld said. "We have the right players in the right spots, but they're not scoring. It's a battle right now, we are in a hole. But that's the nature of this profession. When things go bad, it's a downward spiral."

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