PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brad Richardson scored two goals and added an assist, and Eddie Lack posted his fifth NHL shutout to lift the Vancouver Canucks to another road win, 3-0 over the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
The Canucks, in the midst of a season-high, seven-game trip, won their league-best 11th road game. Vancouver, which has won five of six overall, beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the first time since Nov. 22, 2008.
Richardson scored his fifth and sixth goals, and Shawn Matthias also netted his sixth and added an assist for the Canucks, who hadn’t defeated Pittsburgh anywhere in four years.
Lack stopped 21 shots for his first shutout and second win of the season.
Thomas Greiss made 28 saves and took the loss in his first home start.
Vancouver took advantage of Pittsburgh’s patchwork lineup, scoring once in the first period and pulling away with a pair of goals during the second when the Canucks carried the play. The Penguins were held without a shot for the first 12 minutes of the period.
The Penguins, already without several regulars, lost another top-line winger when Patric Hornqvist left with an upper-body injury midway through the second after Canucks’ D Ryan Stanton hit him with a shoulder at center ice. Hornqvist, second on the team with 11 goals, didn’t return.
It was another setback to a team already without Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) for the season and Chris Kunitz, who is out at least two weeks with a fractured foot. They have a combined 15 goals and 31 points.
Pittsburgh also played without D Kris Letang (groin), Beau Bennett (lower body) and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, who served the first of a two-game suspension for a hard hit Tuesday on New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr.
Richardson opened the scoring at 8:33 of the first, finishing a one-timer from Matthias, who beat defenseman Olli Maatta to a loose puck behind the net.
Pittsburgh nearly tied it on an ensuing power play, but Sidney Crosby missed an open net, hitting the post to the far side. Lack later stopped Brandon Sutter on a short-handed partial breakaway.
Matthias teamed with Richardson again to extend the lead in the second.
Richardson forced Simon Despres into a turnover behind the net and quickly centered to Matthias, who flipped a shot over Greiss’ shoulder.
Richardson scored a short-handed goal two minutes later, giving Vancouver a three-goal lead.
NOTES: It was the first time in four games the teams didn’t play to a shootout. … Penguins RW Craig Adams played in his 313th consecutive game, tying Ron Schock for the longest streak in team history. … The Canucks continue their trip Saturday at Toronto, while Pittsburgh will host Ottawa.
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