VANCOUVER, B.C. – Sidney Crosby tied the score late in regulation and added the only goal in a shootout to rally the Pittsburgh Penguins past the slumping Vancouver Canucks 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Kris Letang scored with 1:11 left in the third period and Pens goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 22 saves, on the bench. Crosby connected 16 seconds later to make the score 4-4.
Chris Higgins, Zack Kassian and Christopher Tanev each had goals for Vancouver, which is winless in its last five games (0-2-3).
Jason Garrison also scored for the Canucks, and rookie Eddie Lack made 31 saves.
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Vancouver has made a habit of blowing leads and sometimes seems fragile late in games.
“I don’t know about fragile,” Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa told The Vancouver Sun, “but when you get scored on this many times in the last minute of the game — two tonight — it doesn’t feel good. It’s in the back of your mind.”
Two Canucks — goalie Roberto Luongo and defenseman Dan Hamhuis — were picked for the 25-man roster of Canada’s 2014 Olympic team.