COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deryk Engelland, Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen scored and backup Jeff Zatkoff had 19 saves in his first NHL win to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 Saturday night for their fourth victory in a row.
Zatkoff, 0-2 with a 5.06 goals-against average and a .818 save percentage coming in, made several big stops but wasn’t very busy. He’s backing up Marc-Andre Fleury while Tomas Vokoun recovers from preseason surgery.
Engelland scored on a rapid-fire one-timer and Kunitz picked up his eighth when a shot went in off a Blue Jacket’s stick in the third. Jokinen added an empty-netter.
A crowd of 18,634, including thousands of Penguins fans, cheered wildly when it was announced that Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star weekend.
Flyers 1, Devils 0
NEWARK, N.J. — After being embarrassed by Washington at home just 24 hours earlier, the Philadelphia Flyers found a way to gut out a win on the road, edging the New Jersey Devils.
Brayden Schenn deflected an Andrej Meszaros shot past Martin Brodeur in the first period and goaltender Ray Emery made 14 saves, as last-place Philadelphia perhaps authored its most complete effort of the season.
The fight-filled 7-0 loss to the Capitals may have just sparked a lifeless team, as Philadelphia peppered Brodeur, starting his season-high third consecutive game, and dominated long stretches of play. Brodeur finished with 20 saves.
New Jersey came up empty on five power-play opportunities. Emery, who gave up four goals on 15 shots and fought Washington’s Braden Holtby a night before, recorded his 15th career shutout.
Rangers 5, Hurricanes 1
NEW YORK — Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added his first two as the New York Rangers’ had their best offensive output of the season.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and grabbed first star honors for New York (6-7), which is on a season-high, three-game winning streak.
Hagelin scored the Rangers’ first two goals of the game, and Stepan netted the final three.
Islanders 3, Bruins 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — John Tavares, Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Vanek scored second-period goals, and Kevin Poulin made 26 saves for his first win of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins.
Tavares knocked a loose puck past Bruins backup goalie Chad Johnson at 6:15 of the second for his sixth goal of the season. The assist went to his new left wing Vanek, who was acquired from Buffalo last week.
After MacDonald scored his first of the season at 13:13 to make it 2-0, and Boston’s Dougie Hamilton answered two minutes later, Vanek scored his first with the Islanders — one-timing a perfect cross-ice pass from Kyle Okposo past Johnson from the left circle at 16:08.
Lightning 4, Blues 2
TAMPA, Fla. — Brett Connolly and Valtteri Filppula scored in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a win.
Connolly, playing in his second game since being recalled from Syracuse of the AHL, put Tampa Bay ahead 3-2 when he redirected Radko Gudas’ shot at 8:37 of the third. Filppula made it 4-2 with 3:59 remaining.
Ducks 6, Sabres 3
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Emerson Etem and Corey Perry both scored two goals to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the reeling Buffalo Sabres.
Ryan Getzlaf scored and added a pair of assists for the Ducks (11-3-1), who recorded five straight goals after Buffalo struck first. Sami Vatanen also scored for Anaheim.
Blackhawks 5, Jets 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Brandon Bollig, Patrick Sharp and Nick Leddy scored within a 4:55 span in the second period to lead Chicago to a victory over the Winnipeg Jets that extended the Blackhawks’ winning streak to three games.