Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 2

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 21-9-1-3 11-2-0-3 10-7-1-0 L1
Pittsburgh 19-11-2-2 10-3-2-0 9-8-0-2 W2


Evgeni Malkin continued his torrid play by setting up all three goals and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 36 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the Chicago Blackhawks' season-best five-game winning streak with a 3-2 home triumph on Tuesday.

James Neal netted his team-leading 19th goal, Chris Kunitz added a power-play marker and Tyler Kennedy scored for the first time since Nov. 25 as Pittsburgh improved to 10-3-2 at Consol Energy Center.

Malkin has collected 15 points (six goals, nine assists) during the six-game absence of captain Sidney Crosby, who is dealing with a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms. The 25-year-old Russian had three goals and two assists during Saturday's 8-3 rout of the Buffalo Sabres.

Captain Jonathan Toews ended Fleury's bid for his 22nd career shutout just 49 seconds into the third period. Viktor Stalberg converted Patrick Kane's feed on the doorstep nearly 5 1/2 minutes later, but Chicago couldn't net the equalizer and suffered its first regulation loss (7-1-1) in December.

Kunitz opened the scoring midway through the first period after securing Malkin's stretch pass in stride at the blue line. Kunitz then skated in and beat Ray Emery for his 12th goal of the season and third on the power play.

Neal doubled the advantage 2:45 into the second period after accepting a feed from Malkin on a 3-on-2 advantage and wristing a shot from the right faceoff circle past Emery.

With 3:26 remaining in the second, defenseman Ben Lovejoy circled the net before wristing the puck cross-slot to Kennedy, who flipped it into the yawning net.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   Pittsburgh
Viktor Stalberg 2 Points Evgeni Malkin 3
Viktor Stalberg 1 Goals Tyler Kennedy 1
Viktor Stalberg 1 Assists Evgeni Malkin 3
N/A Power Play Goals Chris Kunitz 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ray Emery .893 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .947
Ray Emery 25 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 36

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 38 2 0-3 6-7 29 30
Pittsburgh 28 3 1-7 3-3 13 37

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Penguins have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play its next game at home against Montreal. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .619 after a win and .615 after a loss.
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