The Blackhawks entered tonight’s tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins coming off a 4-2 loss in their first preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers. The lineup for the night includes mostly kids and Ice Hogs hoping to impress the organization, so a dominating performance isn’t expected.
The first period ended in a scoreless tie with each team trading few opportunities. The best scoring chance of the period was at the very end of the period, where one of the Pens’ farm hands had a clear shot at Salak, but put it right in his chest. There were only 8 total shots in the period, so it was pretty quiet, although the pace of the game was very quick.
Halfway through the second period, TATERS Frolik got the puck wide in the Pens zone after a great outlet pass from ???. He then turned the Pens’ d-man inside-out cutting to the middle on his forehand and burying a shot past Brent Johnson. 1-0 Hawks.
During the last five minutes of the second, the Penguins had a power play opportunity on a boarding call on Rob Klinkhammer. The Pens had several good chances and opportunities, but Emery stood tall and kept the Pens off the board. The second period would end with the Hawks still up 1-0, but the chances by both teams picked up, with 14 total shots in the period. The odd-man rushes increased, as did the hitting.
Two minutes into the third, the Pens were able to tie it at 1. Tyler Kennedy got a shot towards Emery from the point, which was tipped by Nick Johnson, hit the post and bounced out right to Jordan Staal. Staal took a whack at the puck and it trickled into the net past a sprawling Emery.
Halfway through the third, the Pens would pull ahead. Matt Cooke would break in with Craig Adams, feeding Adams off wide while he drove the net. Adams would throw a weak backhander towards the net that Summer’s Eve Cooke would redirect over Emery’s shoulder for a 2-1 lead.
Fifteen minutes into the third, Nick Johnson would throw a puck towards Emery which would be deflected by a Penguin driving the net. Emery would stop the puck, but be unable to corral it, letting the rebound go right to a driving Tyler Kennedy. Kennedy would easily finish the chance, making it 3-1 Pens.
And with eight seconds remaining, Jordan Staal would flat out embarass Lalonde and burn Ray Emery to add the final insult to the final score of 4-1.
- Dan Carcillo looks bizarre in the Indian Head.
- Am I the only one that loves Salak wearing 53 only because it’s non-traditional?
- I know this has been covered already, but John Scott is still as mobile as a telephone pole.
- Damn near every time Brandon Saad was on the ice, he did something noticeable and positive.
- If Brandon Pirri had good hands, he’d be a hell of a talent.
- One of the Pens’ announcers said this game “is like a chess match.” Yes. If the two chess players were in comas.
- I noticed Salak frequently looking down after a save, I presume, to check his positioning. There’s an adjustment period moving from the Olympic sized ice he played on overseas to the NHL sized ice and he’s obviously still not 100% comfortable.
- For playing a bunch of scrubs, Bickell was invisible.
- Man, Tyler Kennedy had rockets up his ass tonight. Fast guy.
- Good to see that the Hawks' penchant for stinking up the third period hasn't changed. (Yes, I know it's preseason.)
- Anyone that stayed awake throughout the entire first period!
- Tyler Kennedy - Googly moogly, he came ready to play. A goal and an assist.
- Michael Frolik - Beautiful one-on-one goal to notch the Hawks only tally.