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Pens rally to take out Canucks

Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Sidney Crosby scored with 54.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and netted the only goal in the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins an improbable 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Crosby and Kris Letang scored 16 seconds apart late in regulation, and Marc- Andre Fleury stopped all three skaters he faced in the shootout in a memorable win for Dan Bylsma, who posted his 232nd victory as Penguins head coach to move past Eddie Johnson for the top spot in franchise history.

"To be down two with that much time left we knew we needed to get two quick ones," Crosby said. "We found a way."

Fleury finished with 22 saves, and Evgeni Malkin and Brian Gibbons scored regulation goals in the club's third win in a row.

Vancouver dropped its fifth consecutive game despite scoring four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead late in the third.

Zack Kassian and Chris Higgins each had a goal and an assist, while Eddie Lack posted 31 saves in a losing effort.

Pittsburgh had all the momentum and a 2-0 lead when Crosby threw a rare ill- advised pass from behind his own net into the middle of the ice. Jason Garrison intercepted the puck and wristed a shot up high with 4:25 remaining in the middle stanza to cut Vancouver's deficit in half.

Christopher Tanev evened things when his wrister from above the left circle got through traffic and found the back of the net at the 7:39 mark of the third, and two quick goals by Higgins and Kassian elated the home fans.

Higgins was the recipient of a generous lead pass from Jannik Hansen and scored on a backhand, and Kassian roofed one over Fleury's left shoulder 17 seconds later for a 4-2 Canucks lead with 6:36 remaining.

The Penguins lifted Fleury with under two minutes left, and Letang quieted Rogers Arena with a successful one-timer from the point. Seconds later, Crosby completely silenced it when he kicked the puck to himself on the right doorstep and stuffed in the tying goal with 54.2 ticks on the clock.

After a scoreless overtime, Crosby beat Lack between the pads for the game- winner.

"We dominated for 18 minutes in the 3rd. In the end, they were better than us. They got the job done," said Tanev.

Gibbons single-handedly got the Penguins on the board with 6:45 remaining in the opening period, as the rookie forced a turnover in the neutral zone and went in for his first goal since his NHL debut on Nov. 18.

Malkin, in his second game back from a lower-body injury that cost him nine games, added his 12th of the season 5:25 into the second on a shot from between the circles.

Game Notes

Crosby extended his point streak to six games ... The Penguins improved to 24-2-0 when scoring first and are 4-0 in shootouts ... Pittsburgh has won seven straight games against Western Conference teams ... Vancouver fell to 2-6 in shootouts.

01/08 02:08:00 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
14th
DUR 6
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
8th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
8th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
7th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
5th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
6th
HOU 2
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
4th
MIL 87
ATL 91
 
4th
CLE 92
BRK 70
 
3rd
MEM 75
DAL 73
 
4th
OKC 81
DET 87
 
4th
NOP 87
HOU 81
 
4th
SAN 88
LAL 99
 
3rd
MIA 66
PHI 82
 
4th
NYK 76
TOR 74
 
4th
MIN 84
UTA 89
 
4th
BOS 79
WAS 97
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
2nd Intermission
TAM 4
MON 4
 
3rd
PIT 4
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
14th
DUR 6
NOR 6