Penguins Blank Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins center Joe Vitale (46) chases the puck in front of New York Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in New York, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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 last 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 (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.
Islanders 5, Devils 4 (ot)
Newark, n.j. — Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime and New York beat the Devils, handing 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.
Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus, Ohio — Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes, Brian Elliott made 24 saves and the Blues won their 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, which played on even terms over the final 46 minutes but couldn’t overcome the early blitz. Steve Mason, who came on in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky after the early goals, stopped all 14 shots he faced.
Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2
Toronto — Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored third-period goals to give the Maple Leafs their 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 nice passing play with Nazem Kadri at 9:53 by tapping in the puck for his fourth goal — and sixth point — in four games.
Panthers 6, Jets 3
Sunrise, Fla. — Alex Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal during Florida’s five-goal outburst in the third period, helping the Panthers rally for a victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Kris Versteeg, Peter Mueller, Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky also scored in the final frame for the Panthers, who scored four unanswered goals in the final 8:40 after falling behind 3-2. Brian Campbell also scored and Jose Theodore stopped 21 shots to help Florida snap a five-game losing streak with its first win since the season opener on Jan. 19.
Tobias Enstrom, Olli Jokinen and Grant Clitsome scored as the Jets dropped their second in a row following a three-game win streak. Ondrej Pavelev had 28 saves for Winnipeg.
May Fall Through
Scottsdale, Ariz. — The Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership saga has taken another unexpected turn.
With a deadline for a lease agreement with the city of Glendale set to expire, prospective owner Greg Jamison has yet to complete his purchase of the team from the NHL.
Jamison, the former CEO of the San Jose Sharks, had until 11:59 p.m. last night to buy the team before his 20-year lease agreement with Glendale expires.
A league official told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that it was unlikely Jamison would have the funds or investors in place to meet the deadline.
Coyotes players and coaches have shrugged off the latest development after more than three years of playing without an owner.