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 host Penguins edged the New York Rangers, 2-1, on Friday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury saved 34 shots and then stopped 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 was hammered in the Rangers’ 6-1 home victory over the Penguins.
Jokinen, acquired in a trade with Carolina just before the trade deadline, beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrister 32 seconds into the third.
Lundqvist made 26 saves through overtime in his 500th NHL game.
Sabres 4, Senators 2 — Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht scored third-period goals 12 seconds apart, and Buffalo rallied to beat visiting Ottawa.
Steve Ott and Luke Adam also scored for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller stopped 35 shots.
Red Wings 3, Avalanche 2 — Pavel Datsyuk knocked in a rebound at 4:45 of overtime, and the Detroit beat Colorado in Denver.
Datsyuk, who had two goals, ended the game after Henrik Zetterberg put a shot on net that goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere didn’t cover. Datsyuk reached out to poke in the puck as defenseman Matt Hunwick was draped all over him.
Blues 3, Blue Jackets 1 — Jake Allen made 26 saves, and David Backes scored for the second straight game to lead suddenly surging St. Louis past visiting 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.
Backes, who broke a 15-game goal-scoring drought in Chicago Thursday, now has five goals this season.
Stars 3, Ducks 1 — Alex Chiasson scored his first NHL goal, and ex-Bruin Lane MacDermid netted his second in two games since being promoted from the minors in the visitors’ win.
Sharks 2, Flames 1 — Joe Pavelski scored on a rebound with 2:06 remaining to lead host San Jose to its seventh straight victory. Dan Boyle scored the tying goal early in the third period and Antti Niemi made 23 saves for the Sharks.