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Guentzel has fun up north

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Jake Guentzel scored three goals in the second period and added an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Saturday night.

Guentzel scored two power-play goals after the Canucks had three players sent to the penalty box in quick succession.

“Just the bounces are going my way right now,” Guentzel said. “I think you go through stretches where you don’t get these bounces and for me, I’m just trying to shoot the puck as much as I can and if it goes in or if it creates rebounds, I’m just trying to just try to be around the net and shoot as much as I can and you never know what happens.”

Sidney Crosby had a goal and a pair of assists, and Kris Letang added three assists for the Penguins. Tristan Jarry, from Surrey, British Columbia, had 22 saves in his first start in Vancouver.

Rookie Vasily Podkolzin scored for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko stopped 40 of 44 shots.

“It’s no secret he’s been our most consistent and one of our best players all year round,” forward Tyler Motte said of his goalie. “He’s kept us in a lot of games and given us opportunities to push back. And unfortunately, it’s sad the number of times we’ve left him out to dry.”

Pittsburgh beat the Canucks for the second time in 11 days. The Penguins took a 4-1 decision in Pittsburgh on Nov. 24.

The Canucks had a chance to cut into the deficit with less than three minutes left when John Marino was called for interference.

Vancouver pulled Demko in favor of an extra attacker, but the Canucks struggled to maintain possession.

Chants of “fire Benning!” also echoed through the stadium late in the game, referring to Canucks general manager Jim Benning.

The Penguins finish off their Canadian road trip with a game in Seattle tonight.

The Associated Press


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