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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Penguins in Shootout, 3-2

Full coverage from Chicago's 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Chicago picked up a point for the fourth time in five games so far in the month of November (2-1-2), but fell to the Penguins in a shootout on Saturday night, 3-2. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Playing in his hometown, Brandon Saad had the primary assist on Dominik Kubalik's goal and, although he didn't register an assist, was a key factor driving the net to create space for Patrick Kane's tally.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With his second period goal, Kane pushed his point streak to five games (3G, 5A), nearly matching his total from the first 11 games. He now has 17 points (6G, 11A) and leads Chicago in both goals and assists. 

UP NEXT: Chicago returns home to face the Maple Leafs on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Blackhawks Veterans Day Game (TICKETS).


GAME RECAP

After a scoreless opening 20 with Chicago outshooting the Penguins 8-7, the offense exploded in the second period. 

Kubalik opened the scoring at 7:09 of the middle frame on a tic-tac-toe 3-on-1 for the Blackhawks. Slater Koekkoek sent a pass to Saad on the left side, who immediately sent a pass across the slot to Kubalik, who drilled a one-timer past Matt Murray in goal. 

Video: CHI@PIT: Kubalik converts on great pass from in tight

Just 98 seconds later, Kane doubled the lead off. The play started as Corey Crawford made a big stop at one end, springing an odd-man rush the other way that Kane looked off a pass to Saad before ripping a wrister past Murray for a 2-0 lead at 8:47. 

Video: CHI@PIT: Kane pots wrist shot after tremendous effort

The Penguins would pull one back before the end of the frame as Evgeni Malkin turned the corner behind Crawford's goal and slide a pass into the slot for Jake Guentzel to put home on the far side at 16:04.

Pittsburgh tied the game at 10:57 of the third as John Marino fed Bryan Rust with a cross-ice feed that the forward beat Crawford on with a one-timer to push his point streak to six straight games. 

For the sixth time this season, Chiacgo went to the extra frame, where they dominated chances but couldn't find the winner as the game went to a shootout. The Penguins took the skill competition two goals to one as the Blackhawks fell 3-2. 

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