Penguins Top Canucks, 3-1

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins put another game in the “win” column after beating the Vancouver Canucks, 3-1 Wednesday night.

After leaving the penalty box, Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway goal to make it 1-0, with assists from Maxime Talbot and Brooks Orpik.

Just under six minutes into the second period, Talbot added a short-handed goal to give the Pens a 2-0 lead. Arron Asham made it 3-0 at 9:04.

Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks about 30 seconds later, ending hopes for a Penguins’ shutout.

Marc-Andre Fleury played his fourth consecutive strong game in goal since playing his way out of a slump in which he lost six of his first seven, stopping 29 shots. The Penguins won for only the fourth time in their first 10 games in the new CONSOL Energy Center.

Fleury was especially strong during the Canucks’ five power plays, two resulting from Crosby penalties.

With Crosby scoring his seventh goal in seven games while generating numerous scoring chances, sometimes while paired with Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins bounced back from a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers on Monday in which they blew a late 2-1 lead.

Vancouver finished a 2-2-1 road trip, failing to take advantage of the game’s first three penalties and also allowing Talbot’s pivotal short-handed goal at 5:44 of the second.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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