Newly-acquired forward Jussi Jokinen scored the Pittsburgh Penguins’ only two goals on Friday night, but they were enough to end a two-game Pittsburgh losing streak and lead the Pens (29-10) to a 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Jokinen, obtained in a deadline-beating trade with Carolina on Wednesday, broke a scoreless tie with his 7th goal of the season in the first minute of the third period. He then netted the only goal of the game’s shootout, beating the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (16-13-3).
Rick Nash scored the only goal for New York (18-15-4), tying the game at 1-1 with 4:49 remaining in the game.
Marc-Andre Fleury (19-6) stopped 34 of 35 shots for the win.
At the end of the weekend, the Penguins learned they had qualified for the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs following two weekend losses by New Jersey. Pittsburgh will play six of their remaining nine regular season games on the road, starting Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at Carolina (16-19-2 pending Monday’s game at Boston). Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW is scheduled for 6:30 PM.