Murray makes 27 saves as Penguins blank Canucks

March 12, 2017
Vancouver center Henrik Sedin (33) vies for control of the puck with Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (14) during the first period of an NHL game Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. - Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Matt Murray made 27 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 Saturday night.

Jake Guentzel, Ian Cole and Conor Sheary scored for the Penguins, who have won five straight, including a 3-2 shootout win on Friday in Edmonton. They are in sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division ahead of Columbus.

The Canucks took another hit to their already bleak playoff outlook. With St. Louis beating the New York Islanders 4-3 earlier Saturday, the Canucks are 10 points back for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller was outstanding despite the loss, making a season-high 45 saves.

About eight minutes into the game, the Canucks looked to have scored first, with Daniel Sedin’s corner shot along the goal line ricocheting in off Michael Chaput’s skate. However, it was called off on goaltender interference following a coach’s challenge.

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