Penguins shut out the Rangers

Posted: February 02, 2013

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 host New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins the lead just 1 minute, 24 seconds 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.

Islanders top Devils

Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Devils, 5-4, in Newark, handing New Jersey its third straight loss in overtime.

John Tavaras scored twice, and Keith Aucoin and Mark Streit once for the Islanders. 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.

Vanek powers Sabres

Thomas Vanek had three goals and two assists, setting up the tiebreaking score with 13:06 left in the third period to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-4 victory over the host Boston Bruins.

Spezza out

Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza will have back surgery Friday to repair a herniated disk.

- Associated Press

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