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Vokoun, Pens blank Rangers

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 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.

Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2: At Toronto, Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored third-period goals to rally Toronto past struggling Washington for its first home win of the season.

Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward had goals for the Capitals (1-5-1), winless on the road.

Sabres 7, Bruins 4: At 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.

Ryan Miller made 38 saves for Buffalo, which ended a four-game winless streak. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots for the Bruins.

Islanders 5, Devils 4 (OT): At Newark, N.J., Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime, and New York 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, including a big one on an early Devils power play in overtime.

Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1: At Columbus, Ohio, Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes, Brian Elliott made 24 saves. and St. Louis beat Columbus for its fourth straight victory.

David Backes, who also had an assist, added an empty-net goal. T.J. Oshie had two assists.

Panthers 6, Jets 3: At 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 Winnipeg.

Kris Versteeg, Peter Mueller, Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky also scored in the final frame for the Panthers, who had 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.

Avalanche 6, Flames 3: At Calgary, Alberta, Paul Stastny scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead Colorado over Calgary.

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