Penguins 2, Rangers 1 (SO): Jussi Jokinen scored in both regulation and the first round of the shootout in his initial contest with his new team as Pittsburgh salvaged a split of its home-and-home series with visiting New York.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 34 shots and denied Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and captain Ryan Callahan in the bonus format to preserve the win. The Penguins ended a modest two-game skid following their impressive 15-game winning streak to pull even with Chicago (58 points) in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Nash recorded his team-leading 14th goal and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 26 saves while playing in his 500th career game for the Rangers, who secured a point to gain the tiebreaker over the Islanders for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Acquired from Carolina on Wednesday, Jokinen opened the shootout by skating wide before flipping the puck past Lundqvist and under the crossbar. Fleury preserved the advantage with a pair of pad saves before stopping Callahan's wrist shot to end the contest.
Jokinen replaced injured captain Sidney Crosby on a line with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. The unit produced 30 seconds into the third period as Jokinen accepted a feed from Kunitz and fired a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that sailed over the glove of Lundqvist. New York forged a 1-1 tie with 4:49 remaining as Derek Stepan cleanly won a faceoff before Nash wired a shot from the edge of the circle past Fleury.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Lundqvist joined Mike Richter, Lorne "Gump" Worsley and Eddie Giacomin as goaltenders who have played 500 games with the Rangers. ... The Penguins won four of the five games between the Atlantic Division rivals. ... Pittsburgh LW James Neal exited the contest in the third period after receiving an elbow to the head from New York D Michael Del Zotto.