Bryan Bickell caught Evgeni Malkin’s helmet with his stick and headed to the penalty box, and then James Neal was slapped with a cross-checking penalty. On the ensuing four-on-four, Ben Lovejoy broke down the ice and went around the goal before passing to Tyler Kennedy on the other side, catching Ray Emery off-guard and giving Kennedy a clear shot. Kennedy delivered.
The Blackhawks outplayed the Pens for the first five minutes or so of this one, but since then, the Penguins have looked very comfortable. As the play-by-play announcer pointed out, they’re doing a nice job keeping the Blackhawks off-guard with abrupt stretch passes, and those led to the first two Pens goals, by Chris Kunitz and Neal. Now they’re up by three, and it appears they’ll have a relatively safe lead heading into the third period.
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