Chicago Blackhawks Edge Pittsburgh Penguins in OT, But Much Left To Be Desired

December 5th, 2009 by Sergey Zikov Leave a reply »
Last February, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in a predicament. With a new head coach, they faced a five game road trip that would essentially make-or-break their season. That road trip began at the United Center in Chicago.

With the help of new addition Chris Kunitz, the Penguins overcame Jonathan Toews' first career helmet trick (and quite possibly last) to defeat the Blackhawks in overtime. Evgeni Malkin's power play goal in extra time gave the Penguins a rocket boost before going 5-0-0 on the road trip.

This year, as the tussle shifted to Mellon Arena, the result was simply flipped.

Chicago earned an overtime win over the Penguins, but in very different fashion as the meeting a year ago. While the Penguins won an offensive shooting contest 5-4, the Blackhawks got superb goaltending from Antti Niemi to walk away a 2-1 victor.

But despite the backwards results, one thing was the same between the two meetings. Sidney Crosby was not on the ice for either of them.

Early in the day, it was announced that the white-hot Penguins captain tweaked his groin in the morning skate and would not be able ...

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