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Penguins down slow-starting Rangers

21 January 2013 07:32

New York Rangers rued a slow start as they were beaten 6-3 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice in the NHL on Monday.

Finding themselves 3-1 down at the end of the first period, the 2012 Eastern Conference winners couldn't get back into the game despite scoring twice in the last period.

Left wing James Neal scored a double for the Penguins including the opener less than two minutes into the first period before defenceman Kris Letang's sealer ensured no late heroics from New York.

Buffalo Sabres gave their fans something to cheer about by storming home to win 5-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the Flyers leading 2-1 for most of the second period, Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek levelled the game in the period as both teams fought for ascendency.

Scores were deadlocked at 2-2 with five minutes to go in the last period before the Sabres scored three goals - the last completing a double to Vanek - as they recorded a comfortable victory.

The San Jose Sharks completed a successful road trip to Calgary by defeating the Flames 4-1.

Despite conceding the only goal of the first period, the Sharks rallied in the second term to score three times and gain the initiative.

Sharks' left wing Patrick Marleau scored the equaliser and the third goal before Dan Boyle iced the game with a minute to spare.

An early goal to Zach Parise gave Minnesota Wild a 1-0 home win against the Dallas Stars.

The left wing found the net at the eight-minute mark of the game, which could have been tied had Stars attacker Ray Whitney not missed a golden chance with seconds remaining.

The Edmonton Oilers got one over last year's Western Conference champions Vancouver Canucks with a 3-2 overtime shoot-out victory.

Right wing Alex Hemsky scored the equaliser for the Oilers in the third period before silencing the Vancouver fans in the shoot-out.

The Chicago Blackhawks blitzed the Phoenix Coyotes in the second period to score a 6-4 away win in an entertaining clash.

Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland both scored doubles for the Blackhawks as they turned a 2-1 deficit in the second period into a 5-2 lead 14 seconds after the last break.

The Coyotes had a brief fight-back early in the last period when they hit two goals in under a minute before Bolland hit back 22 seconds later to give the Blackhawks some breathing space.

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