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Penguins vs. Canucks recap, score; Fehr and unbalanced. Pens win!

The Pittsburgh Penguins take-down the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 thanks to goals from Perron, Crosby and Fehr.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Wednesday night. It marks the 8th win in the past 9 for the Pens, who seamlessly played their first game on the west coast tonight.

The Goals

David Perron finally scores his first goal of the season in the 13th game, courtesy a tip on a Brian Dumoulin shot.

Not a goal, but this happened in the 2nd period. Don't know if I've ever seen this happen in all my years of watching hockey. Phil Kessel hits the iron so hard, and so square the puck bounces and flutters all the way to the bench.

Rolling out a 4v3 power play with Kessel, Sidney Crosby , Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang is just. plain. fun. Gooaaaaal. Hey look, a Crosby goal. Now no one can complain for 2 periods. 2-0 Pens in the 3rd period.

Then Eric Fehr beasted himself down the ice. Watch how he flips it forehand last second. Ay-yi-yi. 3-0 Pens.

After 132 minutes, Fleury's shutout streak would end with a goal they gave to Daniel Sedin for deflecting Matt Bartkowski 's shot.

Not a goal but after Fleury loses his shutout, he says "lol, YOLO" (bear with us, we're courting the younger demographic here).

Finally in the last minute, Fleury looks to take a shot at the empty net, but then clears the puck to the other team. The Pens defense can't bail him out (unlike what he's done for them so much this season) and it's 3-2 but the Pens would hold on for the W.

Some Thoughts:

  • Sergei Plotnikov won't do himself any favors to stay in the lineup with offensive zone hooking penalties like he took in the first period.
  • Pens got a little lax with their defense early in the second. First Ben Lovejoy took a bad (long) change and opened up a chance for a breakaway. Then Bo Horvat split Ian Cole and Kris Letang for a breakaway but Marc-Andre Fleury was up for the chance on both.
  • Cole also threw a terrible, blind, weak pass through the middle of his own zone that got picked off and a quality scoring chance in the first period, with another Fleury save to bail him out. If a certain unnamed vet makes that play we roast him, so we'll roast Cole too. Can't be doing that.
  • 21 blocked shots on the night for the Pens. Total team effort, way to be and all that other coach speak.
  • Crosby + Nick Bonino 29 faceoff wins, 17 losses. All other Pens? 9 wins, 17 losses.
  • If Fehr keeps scoring a short-handed goal every game, he'll be the most popular Penguin of all-time.
  • Chris Kunitz was a game time decision, and only played 14:13 with no shots but did have 3 of the Pens official 13 hits.


Again another imperfect win for the Pens, but it beats a loss. Next up: Edmonton on Friday night.