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Canucks Lose In Wild Shootout Against Pittsburgh

Weekend Guide

The game played between the Vancouver Canucks and the Pittsburgh penguins Saturday morning at the CONSOL Energy Center was the sort of game a casual hockey fan would absolutely love.

On the other hand, for those who are hardcore fans, or a coach, this game likely drove you nuts.

The Canucks ended off their 6 game eastern road trip with a stinker giving up 4, 3rd period goals to hand the Penguins the 5-4 home win.

The Penguins were led offensively by Evgeni Malkin who scored a hat trick on just 5 shots.

At one point in the game the Canucks held a 3-1 lead after Bo Horvat scored his 9th of the year, but Malkin quickly erased the lead with 2 goals of his own.

The first period saw the Canucks jump out to a 2-0 lead courtesy of Jannik Hansen’s 13th, and 14th goals the year.

On his first goal Hansen opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game after Alexander Edler tipped the puck up the boards. Hansen carried it through the neutral zone and blew by Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta before sending a wrist shot past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s blocker.

At 16:35 of the first with Daniel Sedin in the penalty box, Hansen passed over a sliding Letang to Dorsett on a shorthanded 2-on-1. Dorsett’s shot hit the crossbar before Hansen backhanded a shot past a scrambling Fleury to take a 2-0 lead with 3:25 remaining in the first.

In the second Malkin would cut the lead in half as he slapped a one timer from the right dot at 3:54 while the Penguins were on a 5-on-3 power play.

In the third both sides were able to score a combined 6 goals.

First Bo Horvat scored to make it 3-1 at the 6:00 mark of the period beating Marc-Andre Fleury.

After Horvat’s goal Malkin fought his way to behind the net forcing Ryan Miller to come out of his crease before Malkin fed the puck in front, and was tipped in by Linden Vey into his own net at 7:16.

Just over 3 minutes later he would send a wrist shot past Miller to complete the hat trick and tie the game at 3-3.

After tying the game at 3-3 the Penguins would tack on two more goals.

First Bryan Rust scored his 2nd goal of the year to make it 4-3, and Sidney Crosby would add an empty net goal to make it 5-3.

With 16.8 seconds remaining Jannik Hansen scored to give himself a hat trick as well.

The Canucks are now 20-18-11 on the year, and have lost two of the last three games putting them in 8th place in the conference and just one point up on the Nashville Predators.

Up next: The Canucks return home to face those same Nashville Predators in a crucial game that could decide playoff seeding later down in the road. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.

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