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Pens-Blackhawks (Preseason) In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins


0:00: That's game! After four unanswered goals by the Pens -- including two by Jordan Staal -- the Pens defeat the Blackhawks 4-1!

0:08: Staal jukes to his backhand and slips the puck into the cage past a sprawled Emery! Second goal of the night for Staalsy! Pens 4, Hawks 1

0:43: Hawks pull their goalie for the extra attacker! Saad on the ice in the final seconds!



3:35: Hawks pushing hard as these last final minutes unfold.

6:00: Score!!! Tyler Kennedy!!! Kennedy finds a free puck in the crease and stuffs it home. Pens 3, Hawks 1

9:19: Adams sends a backhander bullet to the net, which Cookie re-directs over the shoulder of Emery! Pens 2, Hawks 1

10:05: Klinkhammer is abou to have a tap-in opportunity on the back door, but Lovejoy lifts his stick in time and clears the puck into the corner.



14:50: After getting clipped with a high stick that the refs don't see, Michalek drifts back to the point and winds up for a slapper -- but his stick breaks in half. Poor Z is having some rough luck on this shift.

16:21: Chicago's Andrew Shaw gets a pair for boarding. Pens on the PP.

18:02: N. Johnson re-directs a TK shot that kisses the crossbar and bounces out into the slot. But no worries, Jordan Staal finds the loose puck and sends it into an open net! Pens 1, Hawks 1

20:00: Final frame has commenced! Scott Munroe now in goal for the Pens.

THIRD PERIOD





SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Engelland has 6 hits
- Staal has won 5 of 8 faceoffs for a 63-percent success rate
- Picard leads all Pens with 17:48 of ice time

0:00: First 40 minutes in the books. Hawks lead 1-0 on a goal from Frolik. Pens hold a 13-10 advantage in shots.

1:58: Hawks back to full strength.

2:52: Lovejoy follows the play behind the Hawks net for a second time, causing the puck to squirt loose for Eric Tangradi to pick up. He goes straight to the net but Emery covers.

4:26: Rob Klinkhammer gets two for boarding and Pens go to the PP.

6:11: Big Mac Attack ended a while ago. Sorry I forgot to note it. No Pens goals scored, unfortunately.



9:28: Ray Emery is now in goal for Chicago, and it's time for the Big Mac Attack!!!

9:28: Michael Frolik puts some crazy fast stickhandling on display before shooting the puck around Michalek and under Johnny. Hawks 1, Pens 0

10:50: Tempers flare a bit behind Johnny as MacIntyre mixes it up with a few Blackhawks. No fights ensue, though, and it's cleared up quickly.

12:58: After a solid shift by the Pens, Hawks attack the net hard. Saad's line cycles the puck well in the Pittsburgh zone and keep Johnny busy, but they're eventually able to get a whistle.



15:11: Lovejoy is all over the place tonight. He just jumped down low to keep play moving and Pens ended up getting a shot on goal!

17:18: Lovejoy makes a great sprawling block on a Hawks 2-on-1 rush, deflecting the puck out of danger with his stick!

18:45: Saad powers down the left side of the ice and snaps a shot at Johnny! But he makes the save.

20:00: Puck drops. Game on!!!

SECOND PERIOD



Props to our new intern Justin Criado for finding these Saad jerseys in the crowd!!!



FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Staal has won 3 of 4 faceoffs
- Michalek leads with 8:16 minutes played
- Engelland has three hits

0:00: That's it for the first. Score is 0-0 and Pens have a 5-3 advantage in shots.

0:04: TK feeds a pinching Strait with a pass, who immediately whips it to the cage but Salak comes up with the save.

1:09: Bryan Lerg robs a Hawks blueliner on the boards and speeds down the ice with the puck. Nice stick work by Lerg.

1:59: Pens back to full strength.



2:34: Not only can he skate well, he can throw the body around too! Benny Lovejoy absolutely crushes Brandon Pirri behind the Pens net!!!

3:35: Couple of point-blank saves by Johnny just now as the Hawks entered the zone hard!

3:59: And now it's Pittsburgh's turn to go on the PK, as Cooke gets two for hi-sticking.

4:15: Chicago back to full strength.

4:42: Second PP unit is Harrington-Lovejoy on points, Tangradi-Letestu-Cooke up top.

5:30: First PP unit is Picard-Michalek on points, N. Johnson-Staal-Kennedy up top.





6:15: Pens head to their first PP of the night when Saad gets whistled for boarding.

6:19: Cookie and Adams working well together out there. They keep finding each other with perfect passes.

8:40: Staalsy breaks behind the D and sends a cross-ice pass to TK on a 2-on-1 break, but it's on his backhand and he can't corral it.

11:15: Johnny goes behind the net to play a puck, but it's going too fast and it rims around the boards to Bryan Bickell. He banks it right back toward the cage, but luckily Johnny gets back in position in time to clear it out of danger!

12:54: Hawks get their first shot of the game and Johnny freezes it. It's the first TV timeout, and the Pens use the opportunity to broadcast a "Welcome Home Brandon Saad" montage on the Jumbotron. Nice gesture by the game entertainment staff.



14:34: From behind the net, Cooke sends a pass through a defender's legs right to the stick of Adams, whose one-timer rings off the crossbar!

14:49: Both teams keep play going back and forth through the neutral zone but neither can establish any offensive zone time. Pens get whistled for offsides to get the faceoff.

17:27: Tangradi with a strong first shift, using his size and strength to shield the puck from Hawks defender and keep play hemmed in their zone.

18:13: Saad takes the ice for his first shift!

19:14: TK, Staal and Johnson get the puck deep. Johnson finds a loose puck in the circle and sends it toward Salak, who makes the save.

20:00: And they're off!

FIRST PERIOD



7:00 PM:
Pens line combos for tonight:

Kennedy-Staal-N. Johnson
Tangradi-Letestu-McDonald
Cooke-Lerg-Adams
MacIntyre-Sill-Veilleux

Picard-Michalek
Strait-Engelland
Harrington-Lovejoy

Brent Johnson will play the first two periods in goal and Scott Munroe will come in for the third.
Alexander Salak is starting between the pipes for Chicago.



6:35 PM:
Also, the Pens reduced their training camp roster by 13 players this afternoon. Notable names: Simon Despres, Philip Samuelsson and Carl Sneep. See the others here.



6:31 PM:
Tonight's not just a hockey game, it's also a homecoming. Western PA native Brandon Saad will be suiting up for the Blackhawks against his hometown team, as he was drafted by Chicago in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. Welcome home, Brandon!

He also faced off against Pittsburgh at the 2011 Rookie Tournament in Oshawa earlier this month:





6:30 PM:
We're back at CONSOL Energy Center for our second game in 24 hours...but no one's complaining because it feels so good to have the season underway!!! In fact...let's watch the PensVision opening video from Wednesday night's game to get even more pumped.



The Chicago Blackhawks are in town and they've brought a lot of physicality and grit with them to Pittsburgh. Or, as head coach Dan Bylsma put it, "sandpaper." But don't think that went unnoticed by the Penguins. See what he had to say in today's Penguins Report.

There's been one lineup change since the rosters were announced this morning. Forward Jason Williams was scheduled to play in the game, but left practice early and is being held out as a precaution due to an injury situation. Colin McDonald will take his place.

Brent Johnson will play the first two periods in goal and Scott Munroe will come in for the third.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards
10 Mark Letestu
11 Jordan Staal
19 Jason Williams
24 Matt Cooke
25 Eric Tangradi
27 Craig Adams
28 Nick Johnson
33 Steve MacIntyre
38 Colin McDonald (late addition)
42 Keven Veilleux
48 Tyler Kennedy
51 Zach Sill
69 Bryan Lerg

Defensemen
4 Zbynek Michalek
5 Deryk Engelland
6 Ben Lovejoy
37 Brian Strait
54 Alexandre Picard
78 Scott Harrington

Goaltenders
1 Brent Johnson
30 Scott Munroe

Chicago Blackhawks

Forwards
13 Daniel Carcillo
23 Brett McLean
29 Bryan Bickell
37 Brandon Pirri
43 Brandon Saad
49 Christopher Didomenico
52 Brandon Bollig
58 Byron Froese
59 Rob Klinkhammer
65 Andrew Shaw
67 Michael Frolik
72 Peter Leblanc

Defenseman
6 Sean O'Donnell
8 Nick Leddy
20 Sami Lepisto
32 John Scott
42 Shawn Lalonde
46 Joe Lavin
56 Brian Connelly

Goaltenders
30 Ray Emery
53 Alexander Salak
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