CHICAGO – Chicago scored the first three goals Friday night and the Blackhawks never looked back in a 4-1 win over the Penguins.
Andy Hilbert got the Blackhawks on the scoreboard first 6:15 into the game. Off a rebound, he backhanded a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury and into the net.
Hilbert backhanded another puck past Fleury 5:20 later to make it 2-0.
Chicago needed 1:03 more to boost its lead to 3-0. Radim Vrbata converted on a power play for the Blackhawks.
Colby Armstrong cut the Penguins’ deficit to 3-1 with a power-play goal. He took a pass from Sidney Crosby and looked around Blackhawks goalie Adam Munro on the far post and was able to slide the puck just inside the post and jam it into the net. Ziggy Palffy earned the other assist.
Martin Lapointe made it 4-1 when he scored a power-play goal 9:30 into the third period.
The Penguins return to action Sunday at 8 p.m. in Nashville.
ICE CHIPS: Dick Tarnstrom and Andre Roy were the Penguins’ healthy scratches.