Vokoun shuts out Rangers in Penguins' 3-0 win
APNEW YORK -- Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots for his 49th NHL shutout as 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.
February 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins the lead just 1:24 in, James Neal added a power-play goal 28 seconds into the third — after another costly too many men on the ice penalty for the Rangers — 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. 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 (3-4), who had won three of four overall.
New York struggled to generate offense in its first game without captain Ryan Callahan, expected to be sidelined 10-14 games by a shoulder injury sustained Tuesday in a win against Philadelphia.
Sharks 3, Oilers 2, SO In California, Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout to help San Jose beat Edmonton, extending the best start in franchise history with its seventh straight win.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored unassisted goals off turnovers 39 seconds apart in the second period against Devan Dubnyk to break open a scoreless game. Antti Niemi made 26 saves as the Sharks remained the only unbeaten team in the NHL.
San Gagner scored in the second period and Taylor Hall tied it in the opening minute of the third for the Oilers, who had won two straight. Dubnyk made 36 saves, including seven in an overtime that included a San Jose power play.
Predators 2, Kings 1, SO In Los Angeles, Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the eighth shootout round and Nashville snapped its three-game skid with a victory over Los Angeles.
Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and stopped five of Los Angeles' eight shootout attempts as the Predators overcame a weak offensive performance thanks to their Finnish goalie's sturdiness and a timely shot by Kostitsyn, who finally ended the long shootout.
Dustin Brown scored his first goal of the season for the Stanley Cup champions, who are off to a 2-2-2 start.
Jonathan Quick stopped 13 shots for the Kings, whose NHL-worst power play went 1 for 6 while Nashville and Los Angeles slogged through a largely dull game between two of the NHL's lowest-scoring teams.
Brandon Yip scored in the opening minute of the Predators' fifth stop on a seven-game trip.
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 to lead Buffalo over Boston.
Vanek opened the scoring 98 seconds into the game, then had a goal and an assist to tie it after Boston took a 3-1 lead in the second. The Bruins went up 4-3 in the third before Alexander Sulzer tied it, and then Vanek helped give the Sabres the lead with a pass to Cody Hodgson for the game-winner.
Ryan Miller made 38 saves for Buffalo, which ended a four-game winless streak. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots for the Bruins.