Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Associated Press
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 another costly too many men on the ice penalty for the Rangers -- and Simon Despres netted his second NHL goal to give Pittsburgh 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.
ISLANDERS 5, DEVILS 4: Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime and the New York Islanders handed New Jersey its third straight loss in overtime.
John Tavaras scored twice, and Keith Aucoin and Mark Streit once for the Islanders, who avenged an opening-night loss to the Devils. Evgeni Nabokov made 28 saves for New York, including a big one on an early Devils power play in overtime.
Adam Henrique Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter and Henrik Tallinder tallied for the Devils, who three times rallied to tie it. Martin Brodeur made 30 saves, but had the puck stolen from him by Boyes, setting up the game winner.
Boyes banged in Frans Nielsen's rebound, while Tavares also picked up an assist.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, CAPITALS 2: 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. As the Washington goalie tried in vain to squeeze his pads, Kulemin reached behind and nudged the puck in for his first of the year.
Frattin made it 3-2, capping a passing play with Nazem Kadri at 9:53 by tapping in the puck for his fourth goal in four games.
PANTHERS 6, JETS 3: Alex Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal during Florida's five-goal outburst in the third period, helping the Panthers rally for a 6-3 victory.
BLUES 3, BLUE JACKETS 1: Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes, Brian Elliott made 24 saves and St. Louis won its fourth straight game.
David Backes, who also had an assist, added an empty-netter. T.J. Oshie had two assists.
Derick Brassard scored for Columbus.
SENATORS: Jason Spezza will have back surgery Friday to repair a herniated disk and while General Manager Bryan Murray said it's too early to give a timeline for the forward's return, the team is hopeful he'll be play again this season.