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Penguins blank Rangers; Thrashers, Jackets, Blues win

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 36 shots in another strong start Tuesday night in Pittsburgh and the Penguins won their third in a row by handing the New York Rangers their second successive 1-0 loss.

It marked the first time in the 82 seasons of the Original Six franchise that the Rangers absorbed back-to-back 1-0 defeats, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal on a power play early in the second period to ruin a good night by Henrik Lundqvist, who made a succession of excellent saves while stopping 21 shots. The biggest stop came on Jordan Staal's penalty shot less than a minute after Malkin scored.

The Rangers, who lost 1-0 in a shootout at Boston on Saturday, have scored 13 goals in their first eight games.

THRASHERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4 (SO): At Toronto, Ilya Kovalchuk scored the winner in a shootout to give Atlanta a victory over Toronto after the Thrashers gave up the tying to goal to the hometown Maple Leafs in the closing seconds of regulation.

BLUE JACKETS 7, BLACKHAWKS 4: At Chicago, Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, and Jiri Novotny scored twice to lift Columbus over Chicago. Sergei Fedorov, Nikolai Zherdev and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who earned their fourth victory of the season but first not by shutout.

BLUES 4, DUCKS 2: At St. Louis, Paul Kariya had a goal and three assists, and Brad Boyes scored twice as St. Louis kept Anaheim winless on the road. Kariya, a key free agent acquisition, has nine assists and 11 points for the Blues in his first seven games with St. Louis. Boyes has six goals and two assists.

AVALANCHE 4, OILERS 2: At Edmonton, Alberta, Tyler Arnason had a goal and assist, and Colorado made Ryan Smyth's return to Edmonton successful. Jaroslav Hlinka, Wojtek Wolski and Brett Clark also scored for the Avalanche, who signed Smyth to a five-year, $31.25 million free-agent deal this summer.

KINGS 6, PREDATORS 0: At Los Angeles, Jason LaBarbera notched his second career shutout, Michael Cammalleri scored twice for an NHL-leading 10 goals, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Nashville to hand the Predators their sixth consecutive loss.