VANCOUVER -- If the Vancouver Canucks can score two goals in 17 seconds, the Penguins can respond with two goals in 16 seconds.
That's how it rolled Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.
After that exchange in the third period, Sidney Crosby was the only player to score in a shootout for a 5-4 Penguins win.
Four of the past eight games between these teams have gone to a shootout, with the Penguins winning all four.
Vancouver winger Chris Higgins scored at 13:07 of the third period and winger Zack Kassian at 13:24 to tie the score, 2-2, making a 2-0 Penguins lead built in the first 26 minutes of the game a distant memory.
Kris Letang, who had come up empty on several earlier chances, pulled the Penguins to within 4-3 with 1:11 left in regulation with a shot from the center point that Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack didn't react well on.
Crosby followed with a tying goal with 54.2 seconds remaining. Stationed near the left post, he kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and punched the puck behind Lack to set up overtime.
The win gave Dan Bylsma 233 wins, the most by a Penguins coach.
The game was the first on a Western Canada swing. The trip continues Friday at Edmonton before concluding Saturday at Calgary.
The Penguins have won 12 of their past 14 games and 17 of their past 20. They are 3-2 in their past five road games.
The first period was up-tempo, and the Penguins had the better of the play for most of the period.
Rookie Brian Gibbons gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with his second career goal at 13:15. He stole the puck in his own end, raced down the ice, skated through an attempted check by Vancouver winger Jannik Hansen and slid a forehanded shot under Lack.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin came out strong, creating several chances -- some of them leading to James Neal's four first-period shots. In the waning seconds before the first intermission, he stole the puck in Vancouver's end and created a couple of scoring chances, including a launch that rang off the outside of the right post.
During the Penguins' only power play of the first period -- made possible when Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison held Letang at 15:45 after Malkin sprung Letang -- Crosby got hit in the leg with a shot by Malkin.
Crosby remained on the ice as the power play continued and took one more short shift before the end of the first period.
However, Crosby did a between-periods interview with Canadian network TSN and said merely that the shot "stung." He returned for the second period.
Malkin gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead at 5:25 of the second period on something of a fluky goal.
He was falling near the right hash marks, and it didn't appear that he was going to get off a shot. He did, but it wasn't a rocket. But Lack seemingly relaxed and wasn't anticipating the shot, which scooted past in and inside the near post.
Garrison scored on something of a gift to make it 2-1 at 15:35 of the second period.
Crosby stepped out of a crowd in the right corner with the puck and sent a backhand pass into the slot for Gibbons, who recently has been playing on the right wing on the top line with Pascal Dupuis out of the lineup because of a knee injury.
The puck glanced off the stick of Gibbons and to Garrison in the high slot. From there, he beat Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on the blocker side.
It was Garrison's 100th NHL point.
Vancouver tied it, 2-2, at 7:39 of the third period. After the Canucks controlled the puck in the Penguins' zone for several seconds, Christopher Tanev let loose with a shot from the left point and into a crowd in front of Fleury. The puck hit the skate of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and in.
At 8:57 of the third period, Canucks winger Tom Sestito got a charging call for a hit that sent Letang into the boards. Letang left the game briefly but was quickly back to the bench and on the ice.
The Penguins shifted their lineup slightly. They used Deryk Engelland, normally a defenseman, as a fourth-line winger and scratched forward Zach Sill and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. Engelland has played at forward at times this season.
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