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NHL: Pittsburgh 2, Phoenix 1

March 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, March 5 (UPI) -- Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves Monday and had a shutout bid spoiled early in the third period while carrying Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win over Phoenix.

The Penguins opened a four-game homestand with their sixth straight victory, the longest current winning streak in the NHL.

Phoenix failed in its bid to move in front by itself at the top of the Pacific Division. The Coyotes are tied with Dallas for the division lead, the Stars having won two more games than Phoenix.

The Penguins did all their scoring in a span of 3:01 in the first period. Zbynek Michalek put a slap shot past Mike Smith and Chris Kunitz added a goal on a wrist shot.

Fleury protected the 2-0 lead until Ray Whitney tallied 1:27 into the third period.

Phoenix went 11-0-1 in February, but has lost its first three games in March.

Mike Smith stopped 26 shots for the Coyotes.

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