NHL Wrap: Penguins shut out Rangers

NHL Wrap: Penguins shut out Rangers
February 1, 2013, 12:00 am
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With the Flyers ranked second-to-last among Eastern Conference teams in goals per game, Peter Laviolette has decided to play Danny Briere and Claude Giroux together on the top line in hopes of sparking the offense (see story).

A big reason for the Flyers' offensive struggles? Giroux's quiet start. The team captain says he's healthy, but not happy with his performance as of late (see story).

While the Flyers were out of action on Thursday, here's what happened around the NHL:

Penguins shut out Rangers
NEW YORK -- Tomas Vokoun and the rest of the Penguins have Madison Square Garden figured out. Now they just have to find their comfort zone back home in Pittsburgh.

Vokoun stopped 28 shots for his 49th NHL shutout, and the Penguins scored on the first shot of the first and third periods in a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

The Penguins are 0-2 in Pittsburgh but 4-1 on the road - including a 2-0 mark at Madison Square Garden, with the veteran Vokoun backstopping both victories in his first season with the team.

"We knew we were going to get a guy who can come in and win big games for us, and he's done that twice in this building," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said of the 36-year-old Vokoun. "He had two or three big saves that he had to make. He was great," (see full recap).

Islanders top Devils in OT
NEWARK, N.J. -- Playing the New Jersey Devils has been a painful experience for New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, even when he wins.

Capuano missed Brad Boyes' game-winning, power-play goal at 2:01 of overtime in the Islanders 5-4 win over the Devils on Thursday night because he was back in the locker room getting stitches above his left eye after being hit by a puck late in the third period.

It marked his second mishap against the Devils this season. He missed New York's 2-1 loss in the season opener entirely while being treated for kidney stones.

"It's been unbelievable," Capuano said after the Islanders followed their win over the Penguins with another impressive performance. "I can't believe my luck. As soon as I came in, I heard the horn go off, meaning they tied it. But I'm glad we hung with it.

"We deserved the win," (see full recap).

Sabres knock off Bruins
BOSTON -- Thomas Vanek stood in front of the Boston net, his back to the goal, as long as he could before a hit from Andrew Ference sent him flying.

Even as he fell, he got enough on the puck to set up Tyler Ennis for a goal.

"That pass to Ennis was really second to none," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday night after Vanek had his second five-point game of the abbreviated season to lead Buffalo to a 7-4 victory over Boston. "It's hard to say it isn't his best stretch," (see full recap).

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