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Bennett helps Penguins beat Hawks in shootout

Friday, 09.20.2013 / 1:35 AM
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Bennett helps Penguins beat Hawks in shootout
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3
Three Stars of the Game
Chris Kunitz
1st
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:14
Ben Smith
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:04
Sidney Crosby
3rd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:24

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks gave 20,150 fans at United Center a show Thursday night.

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."

scoring summary
1st Period
05:19
CHI
Patrick Sharp (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew LeBlanc (1), Ben Smith (1)
1 - 0 CHI
09:25
PIT
PPG - Derrick Pouliot (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (1), Matt Niskanen (1)
1 - 1 Tie
16:53
PIT
Joe Vitale (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Deryk Engelland (1), Dustin Jeffrey (1)
2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
04:19
PIT
Sidney Crosby (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (2)
3 - 1 PIT
12:17
CHI
SHG - Ben Smith (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
13:07
CHI
Brandon Bollig (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Hartman (1), Sheldon Brookbank (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
00:00
PIT
Beau Bennett (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
Shootout
RNDCHIPITTOTAL
1P. Kane
B. Bennett
3 - 3
2T. Teravainen
S. Crosby
3 - 3
3D. LeBlanc
3 - 3
penalty summary
1st Period
01:00
PIT
Robert Bortuzzo  Interference  - 2 min against  Patrick Sharp
08:08
PIT
Robert Bortuzzo  Fighting  - 5 min against  Sheldon Brookbank
08:08
CHI
Sheldon Brookbank  Fighting  - 5 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
08:08
CHI
Sheldon Brookbank served by Ryan Hartman  Roughing  - 2 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
11:51
CHI
Marcus Kruger  Tripping  - 2 min against  Sidney Crosby
18:16
PIT
Derrick Pouliot  Slashing  - 2 min against  Bryan Bickell
2nd Period
01:43
PIT
Matt D'Agostini  Holding  - 2 min against  Adam Clendening
09:05
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Marcus Kruger
12:05
CHI
Patrick Sharp served by Ryan Hartman  Slashing  - 2 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
12:05
PIT
Robert Bortuzzo  Slashing  - 2 min against  Patrick Sharp
12:05
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
18:55
PIT
Joe Vitale  Slashing  - 2 min against  Sheldon Brookbank
3rd Period
10:51
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Delaying Game - Puck over glass  - 2 min
14:36
CHI
Ryan Stanton  Interference  - 2 min against  Brendan Mikkelson
17:48
CHI
Ryan Stanton  Boarding  - 2 min against  Joe Vitale
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
NONE
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
GA: 3SV%: .909
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 30TOI: 64:51
GA: 3SV%: .900