PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Newly acquired forward Jussi Jokinen scored a goal in regulation in his Penguins debut and then added the only tally in the shootout as Pittsburgh edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots and then stopped Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Callahan in the shootout as Pittsburgh snapped a two-game losing streak following a 15-game winning run.
Fleury was at the top of his game just two nights after he allowed all the goals in the Rangers’ 6-1 home victory over the Penguins.
Jokinen, acquired in a trade with Carolina just before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot 32 seconds into the third period. Nash’s 14th goal tied it with 4:49 remaining, but the Rangers couldn’t complete the sweep of the home-and-home series.
Lundqvist made 26 saves through overtime in his 500th NHL game, for the Rangers, who are tied with the rival New York Islanders at the post-season cutoff in the Eastern Conference.
SHARKS 2, FLAMES 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Joe Pavelski scored on a rebound with 2:06 remaining to lead San Jose over Calgary and give the Sharks their seventh straight victory.
Dan Boyle scored the tying goal early in the third period and Antti Niemi made 23 saves for the Sharks, who matched their season-opening, seven-game winning streak. San Jose remained perfect through six games of a seven-game homestand and has moved from ninth place to fourth in the Western Conference during this streak.
Mikael Backlund scored and Miikka Kiprusoff made 39 saves for Calgary, which has lost 12 straight road games.
SABRES 4, SENATORS 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht scored third-period goals 12 seconds apart, and Buffalo rallied to beat Ottawa.
Steve Ott and Luke Adam also scored for Buffalo, and Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots. Defencemen Adam Pardy and Mike Weber each had two assists for the rebuilding Sabres.
Buffalo (15-17-6), now 12th in the Eastern Conference, was coming off a 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday that snapped the Penguins’ 15-game winning streak.
Marc Methot and Eric Gryba scored for the Senators, who have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season. Mika Zibanejad had two assists for Ottawa (19-12-6).
BLUES 3, BLUE JACKETS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Jake Allen made 26 saves, and David Backes scored for the second straight game to lead suddenly surging St. Louis over Columbus.
The Blues have won three in a row after a three-game skid.
St. Louis has won all three meetings with Columbus this season and 10 of 11 overall. The Blue Jackets failed to earn a point for only the third time in 19 games.
Backes, who broke a 15-game goal-scoring drought in Chicago on Thursday, has nearly doubled his goal total in two days. He has five goals this season.
Chris Stewart scored his team-leading 16th goal for St. Louis, and Patrik Berglund added an empty-netter with less than a second remaining. The Blues are 15-2-1 when Stewart has at least a point.
Allen (9-3-1) gave up just a late second-period goal to Artem Anisimov. Marian Gaborik had an assist, giving him three points in his first two games with Columbus after being acquired from the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 16 shots for the Blue Jackets.
RED WINGS 3, AVALANCHE 2, OT
DENVER (AP)—Pavel Datsyuk knocked in a rebound at 4:45 of overtime, and Detroit beat Colorado to hold onto seventh place in the Western Conference.
Datsyuk, who had two goals, ended the game after Henrik Zetterberg put a shot on net that goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere didn’t cover. Datsyuk reached out to poke in the puck as defenceman Matt Hunwick was draped all over him.
Jimmy Howard had 32 saves, and Gustav Nyquist had a goal for the Red Wings, who are locked in a tight fight for a playoff spot. Detroit had lost three of four.
P.A. Parenteau and Mark Olver scored for Colorado, which gave Detroit all it could handle before losing for the 11th time in 13 games.
STARS 3, DUCKS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL goal, Lane MacDermid netted his second in two games since being promoted from the minors, and Eric Nystrom had a short-handed goal for Dallas in a victory over Anaheim.
Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves to help end Dallas’ three-game skid. The Stars, whose four-year playoff drought is the longest in franchise history, are five points behind eighth-place St. Louis in the Western Conference.
Andrew Cogliano scored for Anaheim, and Viktor Fasth stopped 22 shots in his third straight start. It was the third consecutive game between the teams in five days, following 4-0 and 5-2 wins by the Pacific Division-leading Ducks (25-8-5).
Nystrom and Chiasson scored less than 5 1-2 minutes apart to give Dallas a 3-1 lead with 48 seconds left in the first period.