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Friday, 04.05.2013 / 11:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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NHL Capsules

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Newly acquired forward Jussi Jokinen scored a goal in regulation in his Penguins debut and then added the only tally in the shootout as Pittsburgh edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 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 allowed all the goals in the Rangers' 6-1 home victory over the Penguins.

Jokinen, acquired in a trade with Carolina just before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot 32 seconds into the third period. Nash's 14th goal tied it with 4:49 remaining, but the Rangers couldn't complete the sweep of the home-and-home series.

Lundqvist made 26 saves through overtime in his 500th NHL game, for the Rangers, who are tied with the rival New York Islanders at the post-season cutoff in the Eastern Conference.

SABRES 4, SENATORS 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — 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. Defencemen Adam Pardy and Mike Weber each had two assists for the rebuilding Sabres.

Buffalo (15-17-6), now 12th in the Eastern Conference, was coming off a 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday that snapped the Penguins' 15-game winning streak.

Marc Methot and Eric Gryba scored for the Senators, who have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season. Mika Zibanejad had two assists for Ottawa (19-12-6).

BLUES 3, BLUE JACKETS 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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 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.

Allen (9-3-1) gave up just a late second-period goal to Artem Anisimov. Marian Gaborik had an assist, giving him three points in his first two games with Columbus after being acquired from the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 16 shots for the Blue Jackets.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres