Canucks beat Penguins for first home win of season

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Bo Horvat had two power-play points and the Vancouver Canucks picked up their first home win of the season, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Friday night.

Horvat and Andrei Kuzmenko each scored and had an assist, while Tanner Pearson, JT Miller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson all scored for the Canucks (2-5-2). Ilya Mikheyev provided a pair of assists.

Rickard Rakell replied for the Penguins (4-3-1), who saw their loss stretch over three games, all in regulation.

Spencer Martin stopped 34 of 35 shots in his second start of the season for Vancouver, while Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry made 24 saves.

The Canucks were coming off their first win of the season, a 5-4 victory over the Kraken in Seattle on Thursday. Pittsburgh entered the game rested, having lost a 4-1 decision to the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday.

Weariness seemed to creep into the home team’s game, as the Penguins edged the Canucks 30-19 in the second and third periods, but Martin held on for the win.

The 24-year-old goaltender is 4-0-4 while in Vancouver.

WATCH | Kuzmenko gives the Canucks a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period:

Canucks beat Penguins to win streak

After losing seven straight games to start the season, Vancouver beat Pittsburgh 5-1 to earn its second win in as many nights.

Pittsburgh fired Jarry with less than two minutes on the game clock and Miller sealed the score at 5-1 with a shot into an empty net.

The Canucks took a three-goal lead at 16:42 of the third after Josh Archibald was called in to board Kyle Burroughs.

Ten seconds into the power play, Ekman-Larsson’s long bombshell smashed its way through traffic and passed Jarry.

Kuzmenko increased the Canucks advantage at 10:28 of the third. Luke Schenn fired a shot from inside the blue line and, posted deep in the slot, the Russian rookie tipped it into the Pittsburgh net.

Kuzmenko celebrated his third NHL goal with a hearty shout before jumping into the boards.

The Canucks briefly appeared to regain a two-goal lead late in the second when Conor Garland fired a shot from the top of the face-off circle as the horn sounded.

The puck went past Jarry, but the officials quickly disallowed the goal. A video replay showed that time had already expired by the time the puck crossed the line.

Pittsburgh took the lead over Vancouver with a power play count at 16:03 into the second after JT Miller was called for Sidney Crosby high batting in the offensive zone.

Bryan Rust fired a net shot from the crease and while Martin made the save he couldn’t hold the rebound. Rakell picked up the loose puck and returned it to the net, making it 2-1.

Evgeni Malkin also contributed an assist on the play, extending his point streak to three games. He has a goal and two assists on the stretch.

Late in the first, Malkin was called for hanging Miller and the penalty proved costly for Pittsburgh early in the next period.

Seconds later, Horvat asked for the puck in the neutral zone and Kuzmenko sent him a pass. The Canucks captain skated an odd run and fired a one-timer that sailed over Jarry’s glove and gave the home side a two-goal lead 32 seconds into the period.

The Canucks went 2 for 4 on the power play Friday and the Penguins were 1 for 4.

Vancouver opened the scoring at 13:52 into the first period, seconds after Pittsburgh killed Pierre-Olivier Joseph’s penalty.

Garland used a fake slap shot to send the puck to Mikheyev at the bottom of the face-off circle and the Russian winger passed it to Pearson. Parked on the side of the crease, he tapped it past Jarry and gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season.



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