0:00: Vancouver sends the Penguins home with a 6-2 loss at General Motors Place but, all things considered, Pittsburgh has a great road trip, going 3-2. They will be back in action on Tuesday night when they play host to the New York Islanders at Mellon Arena and they will follow that up by hosting the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
Vancouver will finish the game on the power play with Dupuis off in the box for slashing.
The Penguins cannot take advantage of the Sedin penalty.
Pittsburgh will have a four-on-three power play with Henrik Sedin off for holding.
Malkin is going to go to the penalty box for boarding as he absolutely drills Mitchell into the boards. Tanner Glass goes after Malkin after the play and he gets a roughing call as well. The action will be four-on-four.
Dupuis, who was serving the penalty, steps onto the ice and the Penguins kill off the minor penalty.
Godard wails away on Darcy Hordichuk following a Pechurski save as Godard took exception to Hordichuk falling on top of the Penguins netminder. Godard gets roughing and holding penalties in addition to a 10-minute misconduct. Hordichuk also gets a roughing penalty. Vancouver has a two-minute power play.
Vancouver kills off the Burrows minor.
Burrows is in the penalty box for holding.
Head coach Dan Bylsma has Crosby and Malkin working together here in the third period as the Penguins try to make the comeback from down four goals.
Luongo makes a great left-pad save on Bill Guerin, who took a long leap pass from Crosby.
Kennedy's penalty is over and both teams have five players.
Vancouver starts the final period with 1:11 of power-play time.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Jay McKee is plus-2 for the Penguins.
- Kris Letang
has blocked three shots.
- Alexander Pechurski stopped seven of eight shots after replacing John Curry.
The second period comes to a close and the Canucks hold a 6-2 lead. Vancouver also holds a 22-15 advantage in shots.
Another power play for the Canucks with Kennedy taking a holding penalty. Pechurski makes a good blocker save on Samuelsson before the whistle.
Burrows makes a sick between-the-legs move working one-on-one against Eaton but his backhander was stopped by Pechurski.
Pechurski stands tall to catch a shot off the blade of Rypien in the slot.
Raymond's shot from the center point is deflected first by Samuelsson in the high slot and then by Kesler standing just outside the crease and gets under Pechurski. Canucks 6, Penguins 2.
Talbot heads to the sin bin for slashing.
8:07: Tyler Kennedy
's slap shot was blocked in front of the net but former Canuck Matt Cooke
picks up the loose puck and throws it under the blocker of Luongo. Canucks 5, Penguins 2.
Pechurski looks more and more comfortable in the net as he makes his fourth save since replacing Curry.
Pittsburgh kills the Godard penalty.
Godard is penalized for slashing.
Pechurski makes his first NHL save by making a glove stop on Sami Salo's shot from the right side.
Alexander Pechurski takes over in the cage for the Penguins in place of Curry.
Henrik Sedin is at it again - making a beautiful cross-ice pass to Willie Mitchell sneaking in the back door and he beats Curry to open the flood gates. Canucks 5, Penguins 1.
Henrik Sedin makes a great centering pass just in front of the blue pain to Jannik Hansen and he slips the puck under Curry. Canucks 4, Penguins 1.
Rick Rypien's slap shot from the right wing glances off the glove of Curry and then off the post.
Mason Raymond's wrist shot from the left point takes one bounce off the ice and then is deflected by Mikael Samuelsson over the blocker of Curry. Canucks 3, Penguins 1.
Wellwood, who was serving the penalty, skates onto the ice and both teams have five skaters a side.
Three seconds will remain in the too many men on the ice penalty against Vancouver.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Evgeni Malkin
had three shots in the first period.
- Mark Eaton blocked four shots in the opening frame.
- Sergei Gonchar led the team with 8:17 of ice time.
The Penguins get several scoring chances after the Burrows tally but cannot get the rubber behind Luongo so Vancouver takes a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Both teams register eight shots on goal.
Alexandre Burrows steals the puck at the Penguins blue line, skates in on a breakaway and beats Curry with a backhander. Canucks 2, Penguins 1.
The Penguins will spend the rest of the first period on the man-advantage with the Canucks getting caught with too many men on the ice.
A pass just misses springing Malkin when he steps out of the penalty box as the Penguins kill off his minor penalty.
Vancouver gets a power play out of a skirmish in the Vancouver zone as Maxime Talbot and Malkin get roughing calls for the Penguins and Ryan Kesler goes off for Vancouver.
NHL scoring leader Henrik Sedin takes a pass from his twin brother, Daniel, in the near corner and throws the puck to the net from along the goal line and watches it bounce off the blocker of Curry into the cage. Penguins 1, Canucks 1.
Crosby dances around the Vancouver zone and finds the late man - Ben Lovejoy
- who walked into a slap shot but Luongo caught the shot in his chest.
Vancouver is careless with the puck and Matt Cooke
gets a glorious scoring chance against his former team. Luongo was there to make an arm save.
Alexander Pechurski just recently came to North America to play for Tri-City of the Western Hockey League. With the injury to Marc-Andre Fleury
he is the backup tonight to John Curry. Ruslan Fedotenko translated for Pechurski in the locker room earlier today.
Mikael Samuelsson's shot glances off the post and goes up into the netting as Curry was in perfect position to deny him room to shoot.
Malkin's hard work pays off as he does get his first goal in 11 games. He stole the puck in the neutral zone and sprang Ruslan Fedotenko into the zone. Fedotenko dished the biscuit off to Malkin just outside the crease and Malkin actually tripped over the pass and the puck slid over the goal line. Penguins 1, Canucks 0.
Eric Godard nearly snuck a puck behind Luongo as he through a wrist shot towards the net from the right point, where he was covering on the play, but the Canucks backstop alertly knocked the puck to the corner.
Malkin takes a pass from Talbot at the top of the left circle but again it's Luongo there to make the save.
Seconds after he was tripped and no penalty was called, Evgeni Malkin
stole the puck away from the Canucks and saw Roberto Luongo catch his shot between the pads.
John Curry will wear No. 36 tonight for the Penguins.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
John Curry went 2-1 in three appearances last season.
A minor change to the Penguins lines heading into tonight's contest as Mike Rupp skated on the top line with Sidney Crosby
and Bill Guerin. Pascal Dupuis
took the left wing with Craig Adams
and Eric Godard.
The Penguins scratches for tonight's game include Marc-Andre Fleury
, Brooks Orpik
, Martin Skoula and Luca Caputi. Vancouver will play without Aaron Rome and Steve Bernier.
Tonight the Penguins complete a five-game, nine-day road swing when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place. Pittsburgh has won three of the first four games on the trip and is looking at a sweep of Western Canada for the second time in as many visits (also went 3-0 from Dec. 5-8, 2007 in their last trip). John Curry gets the call in goal tonight as No. 1 netminder Marc-Andre Fleury
rests his fractured finger (Click here
to read more about Fleury's injury). Curry posted a 2-1 record in three appearances with the Penguins last season.
Author: Jason Seidling