Pens Avenge NYR
Pittsburgh (ap) — Jussi Jokinen certainly knows how to make an entrance.
The newly acquired Pittsburgh forward scored a goal in regulation in his debut and then added the only tally in the shootout as the Penguins edged the New York Rangers 2-1 last night.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots and then stoned 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.
Sabres 4, Senators 2
Buffalo, n.y. — 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. Defensemen Adam Pardy and Mike Weber each had two assists for the rebuilding Sabres, who are still trying to make a late push for a playoff spot.
Blues 3, Blue Jackets 1
St. Louis — 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 entered the night in eighth place in the Western Conference.
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.