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Penguins 4, Blackhawks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 4, Blackhawks 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Chicago Blackhawks 2

CHICAGO (AP) - Steve Sullivan, Matt Cooke, Joe Vitale and Evgeni Malkin scored, and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to remain perfect in preseason play.

Brent Johnson stopped 35 shots for the Penguins (5-0-0).

Rookie Brandon Pirri scored two goals for the Blackhawks (2-3-1) and Ray Emery - competing for the backup job with rookie Alexander Salak, started and stopped 15 shots.

Sullivan, who signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent and was nursing a groin injury during training camp, also had an assist in his preseason debut.

Vitale made it 3-0 with about 7 1/2 minutes to go in the second period, sliding a loose puck between Emery's left skate and the post.

Pirri's power-play goal with 42 seconds left in the second cut it to 3-1. He pulled Chicago within a goal midway through the third as he took a pass from Bryan Bickell in front of the crease and spun a backhand shot past Johnson.

Malkin fired a power-play goal into an empty net with 42 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.

Sullivan made it 1-0 on a power-play goal with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the first period as his screened shot from the top of the left circle slipped past Emery on the stick side.

Emery's clearing pass set up a short-handed goal by Pittsburgh Matt Cooke at 7:19 of the second. Emery came far out of the net to fire the puck away from onrushing Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, and banked the it off the boards to center ice. The puck landed on Cooke's stick and he fired it from the red line into an empty net before Emery could get back.

NOTES: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said rookie RW Ben Smith is out day-to-day. Smith took a shoulder to the head from Detroit rookie D Brendan Smith in the third period of a game in Chicago on Wednesday. Brendan Smith, who received a match penalty on the play, was suspended by the NHL on Friday for the remainder of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season. Chicago LW Viktor Stalberg will miss three weeks with a lower-body injury suffered Wednesday against Detroit.

scoring summary
1st Period
16:25
PIT
PPG - Steve Sullivan (1) Slapshot - ASST: Kris Letang (1), James Neal (1)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
07:19
PIT
SHG - Matt Cooke (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 PIT
11:54
PIT
Joe Vitale (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Letestu (1), Kris Letang (2)
3 - 0 PIT
19:18
CHI
PPG - Brandon Pirri (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rostislav Olesz (1), Brandon Saad (1)
3 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
10:11
CHI
Brandon Pirri (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Bryan Bickell (1), Rostislav Olesz (2)
3 - 2 PIT
19:18
PIT
PPG - EN - Evgeni Malkin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Steve Sullivan (1), Paul Martin (1)
4 - 2 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
06:11
PIT
Steve MacIntyre  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Daniel Carcillo
13:16
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Interference  - 2 min against  Bryan Bickell
16:20
CHI
Brandon Pirri  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
2nd Period
06:24
PIT
Zbynek Michalek  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
17:23
PIT
James Neal  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Michael Frolik
19:18
PIT
Kris Letang  Interference  - 2 min against  Brandon Saad
3rd Period
02:09
CHI
Michael Frolik  Hooking  - 2 min against  Kris Letang
12:24
PIT
Joe Morrow  Holding  - 2 min against  Brandon Saad
18:37
CHI
Brandon Pirri  Interference  - 2 min against  Zbynek Michalek
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
SA: 37TOI: 59:55
GA: 2SV%: .946
Ray Emery
SA: 18TOI: 59:31
GA: 3SV%: .833