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Vancouver 5, Pittsburgh 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Artem Chubarov scored to cap a three-goal first period and Trevor Letowski registered two assists as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, for their fourth win in six games.

Recalled from the minors early last month, Chubarov scored his first goal of the season with 4:48 left in the period to give Vancouver a 3-0 lead. Alone in the left faceoff circle, he collected a pass from Letowski and beat goaltender Johan Hedberg just to the right of his blocker.

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Defenseman Mattias Ohlund, Matt Cooke, Trevor Linden and Daniel Sedin scored the other goals for the Canucks and Dan Cloutier made 21 saves to move over .500 at 18-17-3.

It was Vancouver's first home win over the Penguins since Oct. 26, 1996, ending an 0-2-1 streak.

Mario Lemieux scored his first goal since Oct. 23 for Pittsburgh, which is 0-2 since the captain returned from a nagging hip injury.

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