NEW YORK – Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots for his 49th NHL shutout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored on the first shot of the first and third periods in a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins the lead just 1:24 in, James Neal added a power-play goal 28 seconds into the third – after a Rangers penalty for too many men on the ice – and Simon Despres netted his second NHL goal to give Pittsburgh (4-3) its second win in five games.
Malkin added an assist, as did captain Sidney Crosby, on Neal’s goal. Despres came out of the penalty box to score at 10:23 of the third right after Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman hit the post at the other end.
Pittsburgh is winless at home but 4-1 on the road. The Penguins have two wins in New York this season, one fewer than the host Rangers, who had won three of four overall.
Vokoun was steady throughout in earning his 289th NHL victory, but wasn’t challenged much by the Rangers (3-4), who have scored two goals or fewer in four games. He was bailed out twice in the third by drives that struck posts behind him.
BLUES 4, BLUE JACKETS 1: In Columbus, Ohio, Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes, and Brian Elliott made 24 saves as St. Louis won its fourth straight.
David Backes, who also had an assist, added an empty-netter. T.J. Oshie had two assists.
ISLANDERS 5, DEVILS 4, OT: In Newark, N.J., Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime as New York handed New Jersey its third straight loss in overtime.
SABRES 7, BRUINS 4: In Boston, Thomas Vanek had three goals and two assists, setting up the tiebreaking score with 13:06 left in the third period as Buffalo ended a four-game winless streak.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, CAPITALS 2: In Toronto, Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored third-period goals to give Toronto its first home win of the season.
Kulemin tied it 2-all at 7:40 of the third, poking in a puck that squeezed through Michal Neuvirth’s legs following Michael Kostka’s shot from the point. Frattin made it 3-2, capping a play with Nazem Kadri at 9:53.
PANTHERS 6, JETS 3: In Sunrise, Fla., Alex Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal during Florida’s five-goal outburst in the third period as the Panthers rallied.