Bennett helps Penguins beat Hawks in shootout

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks gave 20,150 fans at United Center a show Thursday night.

Beau Bennett's shootout goal was the winner when the Penguins defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in their last appearance in Chicago before the teams meet at Soldier Field on March 1 in the fourth and final game of the NHL's Coors Light Stadium Series.

Bennett scored the only goal in the tiebreaker after the Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Sidney Crosby's goal 4:19 into the second period put the Penguins up by two, but Ben Smith scored a shorthanded goal at 12:17 to get the Blackhawks within a goal, and Brandon Bollig beat Tomas Vokoun with 6:53 left in regulation to force the overtime.

"I thought physically they were more dominating in that area, but we got ourselves back in the game and did what we had to do," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

Derrick Pouliot and Joe Vitale also scored for the Penguins. Patrick Sharp had the other goal for the Blackhawks. Vokoun stopped 33 shots through overtime and denied all three Chicago shooters in the tiebreaker.

The Penguins got a scare when Crosby was struck by the stick of Chicago defenseman Adam Clendening in the final minute of overtime and dropped to the ice. Crosby got up slowly then skated to the bench on his own. He was stopped on his shootout attempt.

"It's good to see him get up, good to see him pop up and keep playing," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's good to see him get up after the play and just get right back to playing the way Sidney Crosby can play."

The game was Crosby's first at United Center since 2006.

"I think people thought I had the 'Chicago Flu' a bit, I hadn't played here in so long," he said. "But [it's] obviously a great building, a lot of tradition here, good team they have. It's an exciting place to play, so I'm happy I got a chance to be here. Would like to do it in regular season a little bit more."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:19CHI Patrick Sharp (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew LeBlanc (1), Ben Smith (1) 1 - 0 CHI
09:25PIT PPG - Derrick Pouliot (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (1), Matt Niskanen (1) 1 - 1 Tie
16:53PIT Joe Vitale (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Deryk Engelland (1), Dustin Jeffrey (1) 2 - 1 PIT
2nd Period
04:19PIT Sidney Crosby (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (2) 3 - 1 PIT
12:17CHI SHG - Ben Smith (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE 3 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
13:07CHI Brandon Bollig (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Hartman (1), Sheldon Brookbank (1) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1CHIPatrick Kane - Save
2PITBeau Bennett - Goal
3CHITeuvo Teravainen - Save
4PITSidney Crosby - Save
5CHIDrew LeBlanc - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDChicago BlackhawksPittsburgh Penguins
1Patrick KaneBeau Bennett
2Teuvo TeravainenSidney Crosby
3Drew LeBlanc
Three Stars of the Game
Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:14
Ben Smith
Ben Smith
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:04
Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:24
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:00PIT Robert Bortuzzo  Interference  - 2 min against  Patrick Sharp
08:08PIT Robert Bortuzzo  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Sheldon Brookbank
08:08CHI Sheldon Brookbank  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
08:08CHI Sheldon Brookbank served by Ryan Hartman  Roughing  - 2 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
11:51CHI Marcus Kruger  Tripping  - 2 min against  Sidney Crosby
18:16PIT Derrick Pouliot  Slashing  - 2 min against  Bryan Bickell
2nd Period
01:43PIT Matt D'Agostini  Holding  - 2 min against  Adam Clendening
09:05PIT Deryk Engelland  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Marcus Kruger
12:05CHI Patrick Sharp served by Ryan Hartman  Slashing  - 2 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
12:05PIT Robert Bortuzzo  Slashing  - 2 min against  Patrick Sharp
12:05CHI Patrick Sharp  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Robert Bortuzzo
18:55PIT Joe Vitale  Slashing  - 2 min against  Sheldon Brookbank
3rd Period
10:51PIT Deryk Engelland  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
14:36CHI Ryan Stanton  Interference  - 2 min against  Brendan Mikkelson
17:48CHI Ryan Stanton  Boarding  - 2 min against  Joe Vitale
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/50/6
Faceoff Wins3724
Blocked Shots2014
Penalty Minutes1917
2M. NiskanenD0102024:52
5D. EngellandD01-13420:07
12C. KobasewR00-14015:30
14C. KunitzL0202020:14
16B. SutterC00-13020:40
17D. JeffreyL0100016:33
19B. BennettR0000016:34
22M. D'AgostiniR0002214:46
24B. MikkelsonD00-20017:28
33S. MacIntyreL000105:02
38Z. SillC0000013:45
41R. BortuzzoD00-12919:00
45A. PayerlC000007:42
46J. VitaleC1003213:07
47S. DespresD0011021:24
51D. PouliotD1002224:07
59J. MegnaC0000013:45
87S. CrosbyC1005023:24
37J. Zatkoff00.0000:00
92T. Vokoun3033.90965:00
4N. HjalmarssonD0020020:08
10P. SharpL1004418:53
14D. LeBlancC0110014:58
16M. KrugerC0002212:51
17S. BrookbankD0124718:37
20B. SaadL0002020:44
22J. HayesR0001013:10
23T. TeravainenL0000016:49
27J. OduyaD00-21025:14
28B. SmithR1122020:04
29B. BickellL0002018:15
38R. HartmanR01-1109:25
43V. SvedbergD0002019:30
49A. ClendeningD00-13023:32
52B. BolligL100109:38
55R. StantonD0010418:15
56T. BroadhurstL0001010:17
88P. KaneR0007020:31
31A. Raanta00.0000:00
39N. Khabibulin2730.90064:51