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Final score: Blackhawks 4, Penguins 1

by Erin Nicks /
Action continued on Tuesday from the Oshawa Rookie Tournament, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1.

"I thought we played well in every game," Chicago prospects coach Ted Dent said. "We had the day off yesterday and did a team outing, and I think we had fresh legs from the get-go."

The Hawks and Penguins were knotted at 0-0 at the end of the first period, with the best chance coming from Shawn Lalonde, when he cut in from the left half-wall and tried to put a quick wrister past Maxime Lagace.

In the second period, the Blackhawks found the back of the net three times. The first goal came courtesy of Mark McNeill, their 2011 first-round pick, as he swung out from behind the Pittsburgh net and pushed the puck between Lagace's pads.

Byron Froese got on the scoresheet for the first time in this tournament, with a one-timer from Joe Lavin during 4-on-4 play. The third Chicago goal came late in the second, as Andrew Shaw charged in alone and snapped a shot past Lagace’s glove. David Toews and Lavin each picked up an assist.

Chicago continued to pile on in the third, with Phillip Danault putting a backhand between Lagace's pads.

Pittsburgh got in the board late in the period, when Keven Veilleux lifted a rebound of a Ben Street shot. 

Despite missing the shutout, Dent was happy with the performances of his goaltenders, Johan Mattsson and Mac Carruth.

"They both played really well," he said. "They split the game, and it's not always easy coming in halfway through a period like Carruth did. I was very happy with their performance here."
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