Penguins rally past Blackhawks for shootout win | Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 1:28 AM

Kris Letang scored twice in the third period and James Neal and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout to help the Pittsburgh Penguins rally past the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, at Consol Energy Center.

With Pittsburgh trailing 2-0, Letang cut the deficit in half midway through the third when he intercepted Sheldon Brookbank's pass near Chicago's blue line and backhanded a shot past Nikolai Khabibulin to make it 2-1 with 10:31 remaining.

Letang's second goal came via the power play. With Theo Peckham in the penalty box for high sticking, Letang ripped a slap shot past Khabibulin with 2:16 left.

"We got one real power play and we got a chance to capitalize on it," Letang said. "We had great looks, great chances. I think we did a good job moving the puck, shooting the puck. The power play looked good for the first time that we were all together on the ice.

"We didn't really play any games with our full lineup. It's tough to adjust and even if we've been together for a while, it's training camp and you try to get the rust off."

Bryan Bickell scored two goals for Chicago. His first came shorthanded 1:09 into the second period, when he slapped the puck out of midair and past Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. He made it 2-0 via the power play with six minutes left in the second, redirecting Jeremy Morin's slap shot past Zatkoff.

"(Bickell) is a big body and he can see pucks and he's got a great shot as well," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's got that capability of scoring those types of goals and he'll probably be playing with a couple of guys who can get him the puck too. So, we expect his production to be better than it's been."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
01:09CHI SHG - Bryan Bickell (1) Tip-in - ASST: Brandon Pirri (1), Johnny Oduya (1) 1 - 0 CHI
14:00CHI PPG - Bryan Bickell (2) Tip-in - ASST: Jeremy Morin (1), Michael Kostka (1) 2 - 0 CHI
3rd Period
09:23PIT Kris Letang (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 CHI
17:44PIT PPG - Kris Letang (2) Slapshot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (1), James Neal (1) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1PITJames Neal - Goal
2CHIBrandon Pirri - Save
3PITSidney Crosby - Goal
4CHIBryan Bickell - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDPittsburgh PenguinsChicago Blackhawks
1James NealBrandon Pirri
2Sidney CrosbyBryan Bickell
Three Stars of the Game
Kris Letang
Kris Letang
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 4
+/-: 0TOI: 26:24
Jeff Zatkoff
Jeff Zatkoff
SA: 32TOI: 64:51
GA: 2
PIM: 0
SV%: .938
Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:22PIT Beau Bennett  Interference  - 2 min against  Drew LeBlanc
16:01PIT Kris Letang  Roughing  - 2 min against  Brad Mills
16:01PIT Sidney Crosby  Holding  - 2 min against  Brad Mills
16:01CHI Brad Mills  Roughing  - 2 min against  Kris Letang
19:06PIT Kris Letang  Tripping  - 2 min against  Joakim Nordstrom
19:19CHI Michael Kostka  Interference  - 2 min against  Pascal Dupuis
2nd Period
08:15PIT James Neal  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
11:49CHI Phillip Danault  Roughing  - 2 min against  Harry Zolnierczyk
11:49PIT Harry Zolnierczyk  Roughing  - 2 min against  Phillip Danault
13:25PIT Beau Bennett  Boarding  - 2 min against  Joakim Nordstrom
3rd Period
05:37PIT Sidney Crosby  Roughing  - 2 min against  Jeremy Morin
05:37CHI Jeremy Morin  Roughing  - 2 min against  Sidney Crosby
06:24CHI Michael Kostka  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  James Neal
16:23CHI Theo Peckham  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Chuck Kobasew
19:51PIT Chris Kunitz  Slashing  - 2 min against  Johnny Oduya
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/61/3
Faceoff Wins2438
Blocked Shots2217
Penalty Minutes1218
4N. HjalmarssonD0010021:24
6M. KostkaD0101421:39
8N. LeddyD00-12028:33
11J. MorinL01-12213:23
14D. LeBlancC0001018:34
17S. BrookbankD00-11022:26
22J. HayesR0003016:30
24P. DanaultL0003210:20
25B. WinchesterL0001013:34
27J. OduyaD0114024:29
28B. SmithR0002019:34
29B. BickellL2005014:53
37B. PirriC0103016:33
42J. NordstromL0000015:42
46M. ShalunovR0002015:17
51B. MillsC0001212:54
58B. FroeseC0001013:06
70T. PeckhamD0000211:48
31A. Raanta00.0000:00
39N. Khabibulin3133.93965:00
2M. NiskanenD0003024:26
3O. MaattaD0003018:33
4R. ScuderiD0011021:18
9P. DupuisR0004020:12
12C. KobasewR0010014:15
14C. KunitzL00-15219:10
15T. GlassL0010011:49
17D. JeffreyL0001013:46
18J. NealR01-11221:32
19B. BennettR0003415:19
22M. D'AgostiniR000001:18
39H. ZolnierczykL000229:06
41R. BortuzzoD00-10018:08
46J. VitaleC0010012:22
47S. DespresD00-11016:45
58K. LetangD2005426:24
71E. MalkinC0103020:44
87S. CrosbyC0001420:27
29M. Fleury00.0000:00
37J. Zatkoff3032.93864:51