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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Zybnek Michalek and Chris Kunitz scored three minutes apart in the first period, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.

The Penguins extended the NHL's longest current winning streak by holding off a late charge from the suddenly slumping Coyotes.

Ray Whitney scored 21st goal of the season, but Phoenix dropped its third straight after going unbeaten in regulation in February to surge to the top of the Pacific Division.

Mike Smith recovered after a shaky start to finish with 26 saves, but the Coyotes couldn't stop the Penguins from improving to 10-1 in their last 11 home games.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) ? Blake Wheeler scored the deciding goal on a breakaway in the third period and Bryan Little had three assists in Winnipeg's victory over Buffalo.

Andrew Ladd and Chris Thorburn also scored and Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves for the Jets (32-27-8), who maintained their hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference and stretched their lead over Washington to three points.

Corey Tropp scored for Buffalo, and Ryan Miller stopped 28 shots. The Sabres (30-28-8) are tied for 10th place with Tampa Bay, four points behind Winnipeg.

The Jets went 5-1-2 on their eight-game homestand.

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