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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.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.