After making a number of roster moves earlier on Monday, the Blackhawks (well, mostly IceHogs) faced the Pittsburgh Penguins. In another preseason shootout, the Hawks lost to the Pens 3-2.
The scoring recap was pretty simple during regulation. Bryan Bickell scored twice in the second period, once short-handed and once on the power play. Kris Letang then scored twice in the third for Pittsburgh, the game-tying goal being a power play marker with less than three minutes left in regulation.
In the shootout, the Hawks sent out Brandon Pirri and Bickell. The Pens sent out James Neal and Sidney Crosby. Pirri and Bickell failed to score; Neal and Crosby didn’t. Game over.
There were a number of interesting takeaways from the game, though.
Pirri, in his first preseason game, played well. He won nine of 20 faceoffs, had an assist on Bickell’s short-handed goal, and was credited with one hit and one blocked shot.
Jeremy Morin had an eventful evening as well. He had the primary assist on Bickell’s second goal, a Morin shot that was redirected into the net by Bickell. Morin spent a couple minutes in the penalty box after he and Crosby exchanged pleasantries early in the third period as well.
Nikolai Khabibulin had a very good performance, stopping 31 of 33 Penguins shots in 65 minutes of play. He had three regular NHL defensemen in the lineup – Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson – and Bickell was his most experienced forward, making his work impressive against a number of Pittsburgh regulars, including Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and Neal.
Leddy led all Hawks with over 28 minutes of ice time and performed admirably. He was credited with a team-high four blocked shots and two hits in the game.
Joakim Nordstrom had another solid night, and once again saw action on both special teams. He led all Chicago forwards with 1:36 short-handed, and skated another 2:31 on the power play. He was credited with only one shot on goal and one blocked shot, but coach Joel Quenneville has used him as a primary penalty killer throughout the preseason.
Drew LeBlanc had another rough night at the dot, winning only three of 16 draws. In 19 shifts, he was credited with only one shot on goal.