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Canucks 6, Penguins 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:43 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 6, Penguins 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Vancouver Canucks 6

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks wasted little time taking advantage of the Pittsburgh Penguins' inexperienced goaltending.

Henrik Sedin scored the tying goal, then added two assists in Vancouver's four-goal burst in a 5-minute stretch in the Canucks' 6-2 victory Saturday night.

The outburst started with Alex Burrows' short-handed breakaway with 1:23 left in the first period. Mikael Samuelsson, Jannik Hansen and Willie Mitchell then scored in the first 4 minutes of the second period to chase goalie John Curry, pressed into service by an injury to Marc-Andre Fleury.

"It's tough as a team to play when shots are going in like that," said Daniel Sedin, who had two assists, including his 500th NHL point. "We knew he was kind of shaky and we wanted to take advantage of that."

Ryan Kesler also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 22 saves as the Canucks snapped a three-game losing skid by capitalizing on Fleury's absence after he broke the ring finger on his left hand during a 3-2 win in Edmonton on Thursday.

"It's proof that you can be the Stanley Cup champions but if you get no goaltending, you stand no chance of winning," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "Their first goaltender obviously wasn't good enough."

Curry, in goal because regular backup Brent Johnson was already out with a lower- body injury, was beaten five times on 14 shots. He was replaced 4:29 into the second period by Alexander Pechurski, a 19-year-old Russian called up from junior hockey on an emergency basis and signed to an amateur tryout contract.

Pechurski stopped 12 of 13 while wearing Fleury's pads, and was named third star. Not bad for a fifth-round draft pick who left Russian in late December and played the night before for Tri-City in the Western Hockey League.

"That's the definition of thrown into the fire," coach Dan Bylsma said. "From getting the call last night, to wearing Flower's pads, it's a lot to ask of a young kid. But he played fantastic, stood in there and was confident."

By then, however, it was too late. Evgeni Malkin ended his 11-game goal drought to open the scoring 7:32 in. But it was all Vancouver after that as the Canucks tormented Curry in his fourth NHL appearance - and first this season.

Henrik Sedin banked a shot from below the goal line in off the back of Curry's blocker, and Burrows put Vancouver ahead on a short-handed breakaway with 1:22 left in the period after stripping the puck off Sergei Gonchar at the point.

"Obviously we wanted to get to him early and we didn't really," said Burrows, who has 11 goals and two assists during an 8-game point streak. "In the first 10 minutes we only had 1 or 2 shots and coach kept telling us to get some pucks on net and try to get rebounds and traffic and that's what we did there early in the second period and we were rewarded with a few goals."

Samuelsson made it 3-1 by deflecting a soft, bouncing point shot over Curry's shoulder 1:22 into the second period. Shortly after Rick Rypien's 40-foot from the board shot went off Curry's glove and hit the post, Hansen was left alone to bang in a backdoor feed from Henrik Sedin. Mitchell made it 5-1 52 seconds later, taking a cross-ice feed from Henrik at the faceoff circle and skating in untouched before tucking his career-best fourth goal between Curry's pads.

"I've got to use it as a learning experience," Curry said.

Bylsma left Curry in another minute and a half - and a great save off Christian Ehrhoff - before replacing him with Pechurski, who was forced to wear a set of Fleury's leg pads because his junior equipment didn't meet NHL standards.

"No, it wasn't (comfortable)," Pechurski said with translation from Gonchar. "I was excited I had a chance to play. It was like a dream for me coming and playing in the NHL. I was surprised, but happy I had a chance to play."

Former Canuck Matt Cooke also scored for the Penguins, who were trying to wrap up a five-game road trip by sweeping the final three games in Western Canada.

Sedin's three-point performance gave him an NHL-leading 67 points on the season, four more than San Jose's Joe Thornton in second place. It also came playing head-to-head against Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who was held off the scoresheet and remains fourth in NHL scoring with 57 points.

"They controlled the puck, especially the first two periods, Crosby said of the Sedin twins and linemate Burrows. "They just outplayed us."

NOTES: Fleury, who finished Thursday's game despite suffering a small fracture in his finger during the second period, isn't expected to be out long. He took morning skate Saturday and is listed as day-to-day. ... Canucks RW Pavol Demitra, who had 53 points in 69 games last season, made his season debut after tearing up his shoulder in the second round of the playoffs, an injury that required surgery in May and again in mid-October.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:32
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (14) Tip-in - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (9)
1 - 0 PIT
14:42
VAN
Henrik Sedin (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (26), Jannik Hansen (4)
1 - 1 Tie
18:37
VAN
SHG - Alexandre Burrows (21) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 VAN
2nd Period
01:22
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (16)
3 - 1 VAN
03:04
VAN
Jannik Hansen (5) Deflected shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (45), Sami Salo (9)
4 - 1 VAN
03:56
VAN
Willie Mitchell (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (46), Daniel Sedin (27)
5 - 1 VAN
11:54
PIT
Matt Cooke (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Kennedy (7), Jordan Staal (21)
5 - 2 VAN
13:08
VAN
PPG - Ryan Kesler (13) Deflected shot - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (17), Mason Raymond (17)
6 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
15:17
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
15:17
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Roughing against  Maxime Talbot
15:17
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
18:03
VAN
Kyle Wellwood  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
05:53
PIT
Eric Godard  Slashing against  Darcy Hordichuk
12:36
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Slashing against  Mikael Samuelsson
19:17
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Holding against  Ryan Kesler
3rd Period
06:03
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Holding against  Sidney Crosby
09:36
PIT
Eric Godard  Misconduct (10 min) against  Darcy Hordichuk
09:36
PIT
Eric Godard  Holding against  Darcy Hordichuk
09:36
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Roughing against  Eric Godard
09:36
PIT
Eric Godard  Roughing against  Darcy Hordichuk
12:42
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Boarding against  Willie Mitchell
12:42
VAN
Tanner Glass  Roughing against  Evgeni Malkin
13:49
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Kris Letang
18:52
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Slashing against  Darcy Hordichuk
goalie stats
John Curry
SA: 14TOI: 24:29
Saves: 9EV: 9 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .643SH: 0 - 1
Alexander Pechurskiy
SA: 13TOI: 35:31
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
24-14-2
SA: 24TOI: 59:47
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0