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Big debut, Fleury lift Penguins

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot by the Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello.

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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot by the Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello.

PITTSBURGH — Jussi Jokinen knows how to make an entrance.

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The newly acquired Pittsburgh forward scored a goal in regulation in his debut with the team and added the only tally in the shootout as the Penguins edged the Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.

"When you come here, you always want to make a good first impression," Jokinen said. "I made a huge one."

Having Marc-Andre Fleury in top form helped. The Pittsburgh goalie stopped 34 shots and then stoned Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Callahan in the shootout as the Eastern Conference's top team bounced back from a 6-1 loss to New York on Wednesday.

Fleury allowed every one of the goals Wednesday in Pittsburgh's worst loss of the season, and the Penguins' second straight loss after a 15-game winning streak. If it bothered him, it didn't show. He was spectacular at times.

"I thought we played really well, really well," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "Fleury was the difference."

"(Fleury) had a chip on his shoulder from the last game in New York," Pittsburgh wing Pascal Dupuis said. "And he played unbelievable."

Jokinen, acquired in a trade with Carolina just before Wednesday's deadline, beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot 32 seconds into the third period. Then one of the NHL's top shootout specialists slipped a wrister over the goalie in the first round of the tiebreaker.

The game had a postseason feel. The chippiness bubbled over in the third period. New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto elbowed Pittsburgh forward James Neal in the face, sending Neal sprawling to the ice. Neal slowly got to his feet, left the game and didn't return. Coach Dan Bylsma said after the game he didn't have information on Neal's condition.

Lundqvist finished with 26 saves in his 500th NHL game but might have tweaked a hamstring in the shootout. He expected to be available today when the Rangers play at Carolina.

Game highlights: Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht scored third-period goals 12 seconds apart, and the host Sabres rallied to beat the Senators. Rookie forward Cory Conacher made his debut for the Senators after being acquired in the Wednesday trade that sent goalie Ben Bishop to the Lightning. Conacher, second in the league in rookie scoring with 24 points, became Ottawa's leading scorer this season upon his arrival. He had no points and one shot and was plus-2 in 13:57 of ice time. … Pavel Datsyuk knocked in a rebound at 4:45 of overtime for his second goal of the game and the Red Wings beat the host Avalanche 3-2. Denver lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

at Penguins 0 0 1 0 2
Rangers 0 0 1 0 1
Penguins win shootout 1-0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesClowe, NYR, major (fighting), 8:13; Engelland, Pit, major (fighting), 8:13.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesEaton, Pit (holding), 6:43; Powe, NYR (delay of game), 13:15.

Third Period1, Pittsburgh, Jokinen 7 (Kunitz, Pa.Dupuis), :30. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 14 (Stepan), 15:11. PenaltiesBoyle, NYR (cross-checking), 10:15; Pa.Dupuis, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:09.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutN.Y. Rangers 0 (Nash NG, Zuccarello NG, Callahan NG), Pittsburgh 1 (Jokinen G, Malkin NG, Pa.Dupuis NG). Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 13-6-14-2—35. Pittsburgh 11-9-4-3—27. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 2; Pittsburgh 0 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 16-13-3 (27 shots-26 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 19-6-0 (35-34).

at Blues 0 2 1 3
Blue Jackets 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesProspal, Clm (hooking), 3:36; Tarasenko, StL (high-sticking), 7:00; Prospal, Clm (roughing), 19:33; Tyutin, Clm (roughing), 19:33; McDonald, StL (roughing), 19:33; Stewart, StL (roughing), 19:33.

Second Period1, St. Louis, Stewart 16 (Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester), 15:58 (pp). 2, Columbus, Anisimov 10 (Gaborik, Prospal), 18:36. 3, St. Louis, Backes 5 (Steen), 18:45. PenaltiesCalvert, Clm (hooking), :31; Atkinson, Clm (hooking), 12:26; Wisniewski, Clm (tripping), 14:30.

Third Period4, St. Louis, Berglund 15 (Bouwmeester), 19:59 (en-sh). PenaltiesFoligno, Clm (slashing), 10:39; Steen, StL (slashing), 10:39; Jackman, StL (hooking), 18:20. Shots on GoalColumbus 7-12-8—27. St. Louis 5-11-3—19. Power-play opportunitiesColumbus 0 of 2; St. Louis 1 of 4. GoaliesColumbus, Bobrovsky 13-9-6 (18 shots-16 saves). St. Louis, Allen 9-3-0 (27-26). A19,224 (19,150). T2:26. Referees—Ghislain Hebert, Kevin Pollock. LinesmenBrad Kovachik, Scott Cherrey.

at Sabres 1 0 3 4
Senators 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Buffalo, Adam 1 (Pardy, Weber), 6:21. 2, Ottawa, Methot 2 (Silfverberg, Zibanejad), 12:29. PenaltiesNeil, Ott (interference), 3:51; Foligno, Buf (tripping), 13:20.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesKaleta, Buf (charging), 8:48; Ennis, Buf (elbowing), 12:09.

Third Period3, Ottawa, Gryba 2 (Zibanejad, Neil), 1:41. 4, Buffalo, Ott 7 (Pysyk, Pardy), 3:15. 5, Buffalo, Flynn 4 (Hecht, Weber), 14:37. 6, Buffalo, Hecht 3 (Myers, Porter), 14:49. PenaltiesStafford, Buf (interference), 5:06; Methot, Ott (cross-checking), 12:22. Shots on GoalOttawa 12-14-11—37. Buffalo 9-11-10—30. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 0 of 4; Buffalo 0 of 2. GoaliesOttawa, Lehner 3-3-4 (30 shots-26 saves). Buffalo, Miller 13-15-5 (37-35).

Red Wings 2 0 0 1 3
at Avalanche 1 0 1 0 2

First Period1, Detroit, Datsyuk 12 (Franzen, Zetterberg), 8:27 (pp). 2, Colorado, Olver 4 (van der Gulik, Palushaj), 11:36. 3, Detroit, Nyquist 2, 11:49. PenaltiesJohnson, Col (interference), 7:55; Abdelkader, Det (boarding), 18:44.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesParenteau, Col (elbowing), 14:04; Franzen, Det (interference), 14:18; Bordeleau, Col (tripping), 17:43.

Third Period4, Colorado, Parenteau 15 (McGinn, Duchene), 6:29. PenaltiesDatsyuk, Det (holding stick), 8:31; Barrie, Col (holding stick), 14:16.

Overtime5, Detroit, Datsyuk 13 (Zetterberg, Kronwall), 4:44. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalDetroit 12-7-6-6—31. Colorado 9-9-16-1—35. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 1 of 4; Colorado 0 of 3. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 16-11-4 (35 shots-33 saves). Colorado, Giguere 2-3-2 (31-28).

Big debut, Fleury lift Penguins 04/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 1:20am]

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