NHL: James Neal scored twice as Pittsburgh Penguins beat New York Rangers
James Neal scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 6-3.
Last Updated: 21/01/13 9:08am
Matt Niskanen, Tyler Kennedy, Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Penguins, whilst Evgeni Malkin contributed three assists.
The only positive for the Rangers, who lost their second straight, was a first goal for Rick Nash, their star signing from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Meanwhile, Dave Bolland and Marian Hossa scored a pair apiece as the Chicago Blackhawks followed up their win over the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4.
Hossa's goals took his total to four goals for the fledgling season.
As the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2, Thomas Vanek had two goals and three assists.
The Sabres trailed 2-1 in the second, but scored four unanswered goals, with Steve Ott, Tyler Myers, and Cody Hodgson also tallying.
Also in action was Zach Parise who scored the only goal - his first for Minnesota - as the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 1-0.
Josh Harding had 24 saves for the Wild, who won their second straight after beating Colorado on Saturday night.
Patrick Marleau's two goals helped the San Jose Sharks see off the Calgary Flames 4-1 in a game that was both teams' first of the season. The Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 after a shoot-out.