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Karlsson tallies OT winner as visiting Penguins trip Canucks 4-3

Vancouver hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Erik Karlsson, right, Lars Eller, back centre, and Reilly Smith celebrate Karlsson’s winning goal during overtime NHL hockey action against the Vancouver Canucks, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal at 1:42 of overtime to lift the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins to their third consecutive victory, topping the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Rickard Rakell, with two goals, and Lars Eller added the others in regulation for Pittsburgh (26-21-8).

Tristan Jarry made 32 saves between regulation and overtime.

J.T. Miller, with a goal and an assist, Nils Hoglander and Brock Boeser scored for Vancouver (38-16-6), with Tyler Myers grabbing an assist.

Thatcher Demko stopped 36 shots.

Down 2-0 entering the second period, Rakell scored twice in just over seven minutes to tie the game.

The first came 2:13 into the frame, as he dangled his way through the defence and buried it past Demko off an assist from Sidney Crosby. The helper was Crosby’s 1,000th career even-strength point.

Rakell scored his second at 9:36 with a 5-on-3 advantage, with Crosby finding him wide open in front to score into a gaping net.

Miller restored Vancouver’s lead at 10:05 of the second. He stripped a Penguins defenceman on the forecheck and bore down on Jarry to score his 30th goal of the season.

Eller knotted the contest at 9:45 of the third when he skated into the slot and roofed a wrist shot through traffic to eventually send the game to overtime.

Hoglander opened the scoring for the Canucks at 10:23 of the first period, burying the puck home after a scramble in front.

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Boeser doubled the lead with 2:17 left in the first, converting on a one-touch pass from Miller for his 34th of the season.


Canucks: Hosting the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Penguins: Travel to Seattle to play the Kraken on Thursday.

Nick Wells, The Canadian Press