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New addition Jussi Jokinen leads Penguins past Carolina in shootout

Published April 5, 2013 11:14 pm

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Pittsburgh • The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed Jussi Jokinen from Carolina at the trade deadline, hopeful that the smooth skating forward could fill in while superstar Sidney Crosby recovers from a broken jaw.

Jokinen certainly borrowed a page from Crosby's flair for the dramatic in his Penguins debut, scoring in regulation and then adding the only tally in the shootout as Pittsburgh edged the New York 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."

Jokinen beat Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot 32 seconds into the third period, and then one of the NHL's top shootout specialists slipped a wrister over the New York goalie in the first round of the tiebreaker as the Penguins snapped out of a two-game funk that came on the heels of a 15-game winning streak.

"We needed two goals to win, one in regular time and one in the shootout, and he got both of those," Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis said. "It's great for our team, great for his confidence. He probably feels at home right now." Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Pittsburgh 39 29 10 0 58 127 95

N.Y. Rangers 37 18 15 4 40 89 89

N.Y. Islanders 38 18 16 4 40 109 117

New Jersey 37 15 13 9 39 89 101

Philadelphia 37 17 17 3 37 105 114

Northeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Montreal 37 24 8 5 53 118 90

Boston 36 24 8 4 52 101 77

Toronto 37 20 13 4 44 115 105

Ottawa 37 19 12 6 44 93 83

Buffalo 38 15 17 6 36 102 116

Southeast Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Washington 37 18 17 2 38 109 105

Winnipeg 39 18 19 2 38 94 119

Carolina 36 16 18 2 34 96 111

Tampa Bay 36 16 18 2 34 117 106

Florida 37 12 19 6 30 91 127

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Chicago 36 27 5 4 58 122 80

Detroit 38 19 14 5 43 99 100

St. Louis 36 20 14 2 42 105 98

Columbus 38 16 15 7 39 91 101

Nashville 38 15 15 8 38 93 103

Northwest Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Vancouver 37 20 11 6 46 98 93

Minnesota 37 21 14 2 44 100 97

Edmonton 37 16 14 7 39 99 102

Calgary 36 13 19 4 30 97 128

Colorado 37 12 20 5 29 89 117

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Anaheim 38 25 8 5 55 117 95

San Jose 37 20 11 6 46 94 89

Los Angeles 37 21 13 3 45 107 91

Phoenix 37 16 15 6 38 101 104

Dallas 37 17 17 3 37 99 113

Friday's Games

Pittsburgh 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, SO

Buffalo 4, Ottawa 2

St. Louis 3, Columbus 1

Detroit 3, Colorado 2, OT

Dallas 3, Anaheim 1

San Jose 2, Calgary 1

Saturday's games

Philadelphia at Winnipeg, 1 p.m.

Chicago at Nashville, 1 p.m.

Edmonton at Los Angeles, 2 p.m.

Boston at Montreal, 5 p.m.

Toronto at New Jersey, 5 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 5 p.m.

Washington at Florida, 5:30 p.m.

Colorado at Phoenix, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Vancouver, 8 p.m.