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 Rangers Thursday night in New York.
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 penalty for too many men on the ice for the Rangers — and Simon Despres netted his second NHL goal to give Pittsburgh 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.
Vokoun was steady throughout in earning his 289th NHL victory, but wasn’t challenged much by the Rangers, who have scored two goals or fewer in four games. He was bailed out twice in the third by drives that struck posts behind him.
New York struggled to generate offense in its first game without captain Ryan Callahan, expected to be sidelined 10-14 games by a shoulder injury sustained Tuesday in a win against Philadelphia.
Vokoun, who relieved goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday, got another start against the Rangers. Vokoun has split time with Fleury and has played in four games. His only wins this season have come at Madison Square Garden.
Sharks 3, Oilers 2 — Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout to help host San Jose extend the best start in franchise history with its seventh straight win.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored unassisted goals off turnovers 39 seconds apart in the second period against Devan Dubnyk to break open a scoreless game. Antti Niemi made 26 saves as the Sharks remained the only unbeaten team in the NHL.
Islanders 5, Devils 4 — Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal on a rebound at 2:01 of overtime as New York handed host New Jersey its third straight OT loss.
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.
Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2 — Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin scored third-period goals to give Toronto its first home win of the season, a comeback victory over Washington.
Avalanche 6, Flames 3 — Paul Stastny scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead visiting Colorado over Calgary.
Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1 — Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund, and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the opening 14 minutes, Brian Elliott made 24 saves, and visiting St. Louis won its fourth straight over Columbus.
Predators 2, Kings 1 — Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the eighth shootout round, and Nashville snapped its three-game skid with a victory in Los Angeles.
Panthers 6, Jets 3 — Alex Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal during Florida’s five-goal outburst in the third period, helping the Panthers rally over Winnipeg in Sunrise, Fla.