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Snap Shots: Blackhawks 10, Pens 1

by Sam Kasan @pensinsidescoop / Penguins Team Reporter

* Well, there's no hiding the fact that this was an ugly game by the Pens, and even that is an understatement.

It was one of the most lopsided loss for Pittsburgh in the history of the franchise, and worst since a 9-0 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 2003.

The Pens will probably just want to burn the tape on this game and start fresh.

* The bottom fell out on the Pens in the first period when Chicago scored three goals in a 73-second span. Ryan Hartman, Brandon Saad and Nick Schmaltz posted the triad of tallies to give Chicago a 3-0 lead.

The Hawks kept the pressure on even after that and the goals kept coming. Chicago had a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period. They pushed that 8-1 after 40 minutes. But really, the game had ended at the 7:34 mark on that Blackhawks' third goal.

* Good to see Saad picking up the hat trick against his boyhood Pens team. It was a tough loss for Pittsburgh, but you have to feel good for the local kid.

* It was a tough night for the entire Pens squad, but most of all for the goaltenders. Antti Niemi made his Pens' debut, and it's one he'll likely hope to forget. Niemi, facing some of his former Stanley Cup-winning teammates, surrendered four goals on 13 shots. He was replaced halfway thorugh the first period.

Things weren't much better for Matt Murray, who entered the game in relief. Murray, who had played in Pittsburgh's opener the night before, gave up six goals against.

* If there is a one bright spot from this game it was the play of the team's penalty killers. Even though Chicago posted eight goals, a total of zero of them came on the power play. The Blackhawks' offense is obviously stacked, but somehow Pittsburgh's PK units kept it off the board.

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