Beau Bennett's shootout goal was the winner when the Penguins defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in their last appearance in Chicago before the teams meet at Soldier Field on March 1 in the fourth and final game of the NHL's Coors Light Stadium Series.
Bennett scored the only goal in the tiebreaker after the Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Sidney Crosby's goal 4:19 into the second period put the Penguins up by two, but Ben Smith scored a shorthanded goal at 12:17 to get the Blackhawks within a goal, and Brandon Bollig beat Tomas Vokoun with 6:53 left in regulation to force the overtime.
"I thought physically they were more dominating in that area, but we got ourselves back in the game and did what we had to do," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.
Derrick Pouliot and Joe Vitale also scored for the Penguins. Patrick Sharp had the other goal for the Blackhawks. Vokoun stopped 33 shots through overtime and denied all three Chicago shooters in the tiebreaker.
The Penguins got a scare when Crosby was struck by the stick of Chicago defenseman Adam Clendening in the final minute of overtime and dropped to the ice. Crosby got up slowly then skated to the bench on his own. He was stopped on his shootout attempt.
"It's good to see him get up, good to see him pop up and keep playing," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's good to see him get up after the play and just get right back to playing the way Sidney Crosby can play."
The game was Crosby's first at United Center since 2006.
"I think people thought I had the 'Chicago Flu' a bit, I hadn't played here in so long," he said. "But [it's] obviously a great building, a lot of tradition here, good team they have. It's an exciting place to play, so I'm happy I got a chance to be here. Would like to do it in regular season a little bit more."
|Patrick Sharp (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew LeBlanc (1), Ben Smith (1)|
1 - 0 CHI
|PPG - Derrick Pouliot (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (1), Matt Niskanen (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Joe Vitale (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Deryk Engelland (1), Dustin Jeffrey (1)|
2 - 1 PIT
|Sidney Crosby (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (2)|
3 - 1 PIT
|SHG - Ben Smith (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE|
3 - 2 PIT
|Brandon Bollig (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Hartman (1), Sheldon Brookbank (1)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||P. Kane||B. Bennett|
|2||T. Teravainen||S. Crosby|
|Power Play %||16.5%||21.5%|
|% on Road||15.6%||25.0%|
|% at Home||17.0%||18.6%|
|Robert Bortuzzo Interference - 2 min against Patrick Sharp|
|Robert Bortuzzo Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Sheldon Brookbank|
|Sheldon Brookbank Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Robert Bortuzzo|
|Sheldon Brookbank served by Ryan Hartman Roughing - 2 min against Robert Bortuzzo|
|Marcus Kruger Tripping - 2 min against Sidney Crosby|
|Derrick Pouliot Slashing - 2 min against Bryan Bickell|
|Matt D'Agostini Holding - 2 min against Adam Clendening|
|Deryk Engelland Cross checking - 2 min against Marcus Kruger|
|Patrick Sharp served by Ryan Hartman Slashing - 2 min against Robert Bortuzzo|
|Robert Bortuzzo Slashing - 2 min against Patrick Sharp|
|Patrick Sharp Cross checking - 2 min against Robert Bortuzzo|
|Joe Vitale Slashing - 2 min against Sheldon Brookbank|
|Deryk Engelland Delaying Game-Puck over glass - 2 min|
|Ryan Stanton Interference - 2 min against Brendan Mikkelson|
|Ryan Stanton Boarding - 2 min against Joe Vitale|