So what happened?
The Pens blew a two-goal lead but hung on to get to the shootout, where Letang and Malkin made Luongo look silly, while Flower handled Samuelsson and Burrows (who attempted a less complicated version of the move that Letang uses).
The special teams were the key for the Pens as they scored twice on the power play. They also not only stoned the Canucks on the man-advantage, but scored a shorty when Matt Cooke did his best Ovechkin impersonation (using the defenseman as a screen and whipping a nasty wrist shot).
I thought it was a great initial answer to several big questions we had coming into the year, including:
James Neal scoring a goal on the power play (and he looked great at times in this one, but probably a bit too much dangling at times)
Matt Cooke keeping himself under control and scoring twice - that has to feel good
The power play scoring twice, while the PK stoned the Canucks
Neal (1), Cooke (1,2)...