PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Zbynek Michalek and Chris Kunitz scored first-period goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.
Michalek, a defenseman, put the Penguins in front with 8:16 left in the first by scoring just his second goal of the season. Kunitz doubled Pittsburgh's edge 3:01 later, and Marc-Andre Fleury did the rest by making 36 saves.
Ray Whitney cut Phoenix's deficit in half 1:27 into the third with his 21st goal, but the Coyotes couldn't get even -- despite mounting pressure in the closing seconds after pulling goalie Mike Smith for an extra skater. Smith made 26 saves.