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.

“Memorable game,” said the Penguins’ Dan Bylsma, who improved his coaching record to 233-105-26, passing Eddie Johnston for most wins by a Penguins coach.

It was very nearly memorable for the wrong reasons.

Vancouver winger Chris Higgins scored at 13:07 of the third period and winger Zack Kassian at 13:24 for a 4-2 lead. It was the Canucks' fourth unanswered goal and made a 2-0 Penguins lead built in the first 26 minutes of the game a distant memory.

“That hurt,” Crosby said. “That was tough, to give them that much momentum late in the game like that.

“We found a way.”

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. It came off of a faceoff play after the Penguins had pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

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.

This was the first time Crosby played in this building since he scored in overtime at the 2010 Olympics to deliver the gold medal to Canada. And his tying goal and shootout-deciding goal came on the day he was officially named to the 2014 Olympic team for the Sochi Games next month.

“It’s hard not to think about it when you’re out there,” Crosby said.

Letang, who had six shots, wiped away some frustration by scoring late after playing so well.

“All the guys said there’s always a next shot,” Letang said. “It ended up being an important one in the end. All game, I was involved and I was creating things. It felt pretty good.”

Four of the past eight games between these teams have gone to a shootout, with the Penguins winning all four.