NHL Wrap: Penguins stay perfect at home

NHL Wrap: Penguins stay perfect at home
October 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Penguins improved to 5-0 at home this season with a win over the Canucks on Saturday night. (USA Today Images)

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks had gone two years and 157 games since they last faced each other.

They picked up right where they left off.

Back in 2011, Evgeni Malkin scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Penguins earned a season-opening victory at Vancouver.

The site changed on Saturday, but the result was the same.

Malkin scored in the third round of the shootout, and Marc-Andre Fleury made the deciding stop on Ryan Kesler as the Penguins remained unbeaten at home with a 4-3 win over the Canucks.

"The goal Evgeni scored in Vancouver was similar to the one he got (Saturday)," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "He moved out wide, got Luongo down and scored the winner," (see full recap).

Devils top Rangers for first win of season
NEWARK, N.J. -- All the New Jersey Devils needed to win for the first time this season was a game against the rival and injury-depleted New York Rangers.

Cory Schneider made 22 saves for his first shutout with New Jersey, and the Devils become the last NHL team to break into the win column with a 4-0 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night.

"It's nice," Schneider said after his 10th NHL shutout. "It's way better than the other feeling. It's just one. We can't sit here and say, `Well, we figured it out.' We have to keep at it and play like that all the time, and we'll have a lot more success," (see full recap).

Avalanche bounce back with win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Paul Statsny also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for the Avalanche, who bounced back from their first loss of the season against Detroit on Thursday.

Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno scored for Buffalo, which got more than one goal for only the third time in 10 games this season. The Sabres remained winless in six home games after finishing up a stretch of four games in six days.

The Avalanche scored four times in the first 32 minutes and that was more than enough against a Sabres team that has not scored that more than three regulation goals in a game this season (see full recap).