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Penguins shut down Coyotes to win sixth straight

Marc-Andre Fleury shut down Phoenix with 36 saves as the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Coyotes 2-1 on Monday to record their sixth consecutive victory.

Zbynek Michalek and Chris Kunitz scored first-period goals for Pittsburgh. Netminder Fleury's shutout bid was spoiled in the third period when Ray Whitney netted a goal less than two minutes in.

The defeat was the Coyotes' (33-24-9) third in a row and they have cooled off considerably since winning every game but one during the month of February.

Their latest defeat leaves them tied with Dallas at the top of the Pacific Division on 75 points.

The Penguins (39-21-5) have scored the second-most points (83) in the Eastern Conference, but are seeded fourth by virtue of being in second place in the Atlantic Division behind the conference-leading New York Rangers.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)