Penguins beat Rangers, 3-0, in Vokoun's 49th career shutout

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NEW YORK -- Goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped all 28 shots he faced to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Vokoun's shutout was the 49th of his career.

The victory raised the Penguins' record to 4-3. All of their victories have come on the road, two of them at the Garden.

Penguins rookie defenseman Robert Bortuzzo played for the first time this season, replacing Ben Lovejoy in the lineup. Left winger Eric Tangradi also was scratched.

Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins up, 1-0, on their first shot of the game, as he beat New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the outer edge of the left circle at 1:24 of the opening period for his second of the season.

That goal gave Malkin at least one point in each of his past six games against the Rangers. Assists went to defensemen Simon Despres, who fed the puck to Malkin, and Kris Letang.

Neither team scored during the second period, which the Penguins probably didn't mind since they'd been outscored, 11-2, during their previous six games.

The Penguins, who were 0-for-4 with the extra man through the opening two periods, ended a 0-for-16 power-play skid when James Neal deflected in a Sidney Crosby pass 28 seconds into the third period to make it 2-0.

Malkin also got an assist on the goal, Neal's fifth.

The Penguins put the game away when Despres, who had just finished serving a hooking minor, broke down the slot, took a feed from Pascal Dupuis and beat Lundqvist with a backhander at 10:23 for his first of the season.

The Penguins are off until Saturday, when New Jersey will visit Consol Energy Center at 1:08 p.m.

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First Published February 1, 2013 2:45 AM


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