Series (Game 1 of 2)

Pittsburgh leads 2-0

Game 1: Thursday, September 22nd
Game 2: Friday, September 30th

Blackhawks 1

(0-2-0, 0 pts)

Penguins 4

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2011

CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
CHI 0 1 01
PIT 0 0 44

J. Staal (Penguins - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Cooke (Penguins - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Kennedy (Penguins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Pens surge past Blackhawks in preseason tilt

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Jordan Staal scored twice in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in exhibition play on Thursday night.

Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy also scored for the Penguins, who got all their goals in the third period after falling behind 1-0.

Staal started the run by putting in a rebound. Cooke, one of the game's most notorious hitters, showed soft hands with a deflection of a backhand from Craig Adams to give the Penguins (2-0) the lead.

Michael Frolik scored in the second period for the Blackhawks (0-2).

Chicago starting goaltender Alexander Salak stopped all eight shots he faced before giving way to veteran Ray Emery, who allowed four goals on 19 shots.

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