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NHL: Pittsburgh 4, Vancouver 3 (SO)

Oct. 7, 2011 at 1:06 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin scored shootout goals Thursday to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over Vancouver.

The defending Western Conference champion Canucks rallied from a two-goal deficit to force the first overtime of the NHL season, but neither Mikael Samuelsson nor Alex Burrows could score in the shootout.

Pittsburgh began the campaign without star Sidney Crosby, who has yet to be cleared for contact by doctors after he missed the second half of last season with post-concussion symptoms.

James Neal and Matt Cooke produced power-play goals in the first period to get the Penguins started and Cooke added a shorthanded goal 3:09 into the second to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 advantage.

Keith Ballard cut Vancouver's deficit to one with 2:13 left in the middle period and Daniel Sedin tied it 7:51 into the third.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime to get the win.

Roberto Luongo allowed the two shootout goals after making 22 saves.

After capturing the Western Conference title last season, the Canucks were swept by Boston in the Stanley Cup finals.

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