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 for the Canucks 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.