Penguins Vs. Canucks: Pens Win Season Opener In 4-3 Shootout

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Penguins Vs. Canucks Final Score: Matt Cooke's Two Goals Lead Pens To Shootout Victory

The Penguins defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, in a shootout in their first game of the season Thursday night.

James Neal and Matt Cooke scored power-play goals for the Pens in the first period, but Maxim Lapierre cut the lead to 2-1 a few minutes before the intermission.

In the second period, Cooke added another goal – this time shorthanded – to make it 3-1, but Keith Ballard responded with another Canucks goal at the end of the period to cut the lead to one. The Canucks then tied the score with a Daniel Sedin goal midway through the third period.

In the shootout, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang scored on Roberto Luongo on their first two attempts, as Marc-Andre Fleury stopped the Canucks both times.

Fleury registered 33 saves for the Pens.

The Penguins face the Flames in Calgary at 10:00 PM Saturday.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh.

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Penguins Vs. Canucks Score Update: 'Nucks Within 1

The Vancouver Canucks have once again narrowed the lead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, this time with a goal from Keith Ballard in the waning moments of the second period. Ballard scored the goal on assists by Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

The Canucks were able to cut into the score in a penalty-laden second period that saw two Penguins and one Canuck spend time in the penalty box. For the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin landed in the penalty box for two minutes for elbowing Chris Higgins. Kris Letang also spent time in the penalty box when he hooked Henrik Sedin. Alex Burrows was the lone Canuck to visit the penalty box for holding Paul Martin.

The Penguins raced out to a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals by James Neal and Matt Cooke. After a Maxim Lapierre goal late in the first period, the Penguins answered early in the second period with another Matt Cooke goal, this time shorthanded. Ballard then answered to make the score 3-2 at the end of the second period. The Penguins have yet to score tonight with equal numbers on the ice.

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Penguins Vs. Canucks Score Update: Pens Add Goal

The Penguins have scored again, this time shorthanded, extending their lead back to two goals over the Vancouver Canucks to make it 3-1 in the second period. Matt Cooke scored his second goal of the night on assists from Jordan Staal and Kris Letang. Letang also recorded his second assist of the night, as he also assisted on the opening goal by James Neal.

The Penguins opened the game by scoring two goals in the first frame, both on power plays. The Canucks then responded in the last minutes of the first period to pull back within a goal. The third Penguins goal came after Pens center Evgeni Malkin was given two minutes in the penalty box for elbowing.

Kris Letang was also penalized at the 11:59 mark, and given two minutes for hooking Henrik Sedin. The Canucks are on that power play now, midway through the second period. The Canucks still trail 3-1 despite out-shooting the Pens and winning more faceoffs.

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Penguins Vs. Canucks Score Update: 'Nucks Cut Lead

The Vancouver Canucks have scored against the Pittsburgh Penguins to narrow the margin to 2-1. The Penguins began the night strong, scoring on two power-play goals in the first 12:30 of the game. The Canucks got back in the game when Maxim Lapierre found the back of the net unassisted 16:20 into the opening period.

James Neal and Matt Cooke scored the two power-play goals for the Pens on assists by Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, and Pascal Dupuis on the second goal. Matt Cooke scored the second goal after being hooked by Kevin Bieksa to set up the first power-play for the Pens.

At the end of the first period, however, the Penguins still maintained a 2-1 advantage on the road. The Pens outshot the Canucks and had eight takeaways to the Canucks' four. The Canucks' Kevin Bieksa and Jannik Hansen spent a combined four minutes in the penalty box for elbowing and hooking, while the Penguins managed to play penalty-free.

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Penguins Vs. Canucks Score Update: Pens Lead 2-0

On opening night, the Pittsburgh Penguins have struck first, then struck again, getting power-play goals from James Neal and Matt Cooke to move ahead 2-0 on the Canucks in Vancouver. Neal scored the first goal on his first shot of the night. He was assisted by teammates Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. The second goal by Cooke was assisted by Pascal Dupuis.

The Penguins were on a power play for the first goal, after Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa received two minutes in the penalty box for Hooking Matt Cooke. The goal was scored just over five minutes into the game, and after just 16 seconds on the power play for the Penguins. The second goal was also on a power play, after Jannik Hansen was penalized two minutes for elbowing Zbynek Michalek.

Both goals were scored in the first 12:30 of the first period. The Penguins still maintain a two-goal advantage as the first period winds down.

For more on the Penguins, check out PensBurgh.

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