CHICAGO IL - FEBRUARY 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates in to celebrate a goal scored by teammate Patrick Sharp #10 in the 1st period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on February 20 2011 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks 3, Penguins 2: Patrick Kane Scores Lone Shootout Goal In Chicago Victory

Patrick Kane scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks survived a Pittsburgh comeback effort to win 3-2 and earn two vital points.

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Penguins Vs. Blackhawks: Patrick Kane Scores Game Winning Shootout Goal

Patrick Kane was the only player to score in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks the early 1-0 lead in the first period. Sharp's goal was assisted by Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson. Matt Cooke tied the game in the second period with a shorthanded rush. In the third period, Bryan Bickell scored early to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead but Brett Sterling tied the game back up with three minutes left in the third period. 

The Blackhawks outshot the Penguins 31-26 in the game. Corey Crawford made 24 saves in the winning effort while Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in the losing effort. The Blackhawks are now four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference with the win while the Penguins are relatively comfortable in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. 

The Penguins will travel back home to face off against Washington Capitals on Monday night while the Blackhawks will travel to St. Louis to face off against Blues on Monday. For more on this game, please visit our Penguins site, Pensburgh, and our Blackhawks site, Second City Hockey

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Penguins Vs. Blackhawks: Brett Sterling Ties The Game At Two In Third Period

Brett Sterling found a rebound and a wide open net to tie the game up for Penguins with 3:18 left in the third period which eventually sent the game to overtime. The assists on the goal come from Tyler Kennedy and Paul Martin. The Blackhawks are outshooting the Penguins through three periods 28-26 while the Penguins have outshot the Blackhawks in the second and third periods alone. 

This game has been a physical affair with 81 total hits in the game compared to 54 total shots from the two teams. Both goaltenders have had to make their fair share of impressive saves to keep their teams in the game. 

The Penguins are 8-4 in overtime this season while the Blackhawks are 5-6 in the extra time. 

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Penguins Vs. Blackhawks: Bryan Bickell Give Blackhawks 2-1 Lead In Third Period

Bryan Bickell gives the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 lead within the first two minutes of the third period. His goal was assisted by Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith. The Blackhawks are 5-10-1 when they are tied after two periods while the Penguins are 13-2-3 after being tied after two periods. 

The Blackhawks are outshooting the Penguins 24-22 in the game and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has had a good night making 21 saves in the current winning effort. Marc-Andre Fleury has 22 saves in the current losing effort. The Penguins are throwing the body around out hitting the Blackhawks 42-26 through the game. Brooks Orpik is leading the charge with six hits while Bryan Bickell has five hits for the Blackhawks.

Patrick Sharp is leading the Blackhawks with four shots on goal while Jordan Staal is leading the Penguins with three shots on goal. 

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Penguins Vs. Blackhawks: Matt Cooke's Shorthanded Goal Ties Game At One In Second

Matt Cooke received a nice feed from Max Talbot on a two on one shorthanded rush to tie the game up at one against the Chicago Blackhawks. On a Craig Adams hooking penalty, the Blackhawks were looking to increase their lead to two goals, but the Penguins penalty killing pressured the Blackhawks and moved the puck up ice and got an odd-man rush up the ice. 

The Chicago Blackhakws are still outshooting the Penguins 21-18 through the second period, but the Penguins have outshot the Blackhawks 11-8 in the second period alone. Both goaltenders are having good games with Marc-Andre Fleury making 20 saves while Corey Crawford had 17 saves. The hitting has intensified from the first period with a total of 53 combined hits in the game. The Penguins are outhitting the Blackhawks, 32-21. 

Both teams are playing sound hockey and its obviously going to take at least one more goal to win this game. 

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Penguins Vs. Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp Puts Blackhawks Up 1-0 In First Period

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten the early lead with a Patrick Sharp goal at the 10:07 mark of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. Sharp ended up with the puck on his stick as the Blackhawks moved the puck around well in the offensive zone to confuse Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins defense. Sharp's goal was assisted by Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson. 

The Blackhawks are outshooting the Penguins 12-6 through the first half of the first period and Corey Crawford is pitching the shutout at the moment, stopping all six shots that he has faced at the moment. This game is going to continue to have scoring in it as both offenses are fairly prolific and can each find the back of the net well. The Penguins are trying to throw the body around, outhitting the Blackhawks 8-7 through the first period. 

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Penguins Vs. Blackhawks, 3:00 P.M.: Champs Host Pittsburgh On Hockey Day In America

With every game that goes by, you can sense the nerves tighten up in the Windy City. The Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions, are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the insane Western Conference playoff picture. They sit down in 11th place, four points behind eighth-place Anaheim with two games in hand. 

It's not an immediate worry for the 'Hawks with 24 games left on the schedule, but every game that goes by is vital to their chances in a race that will surely go right to the wire. In Pittsburgh, things are a little less scary thanks to early-season success, but things are still certainly less than comfortable with Evgeni Malkin done for the year and Sidney Crosby still out of the lineup.

Patrick Kane has missed two straight games with the flu but hopes to return to the lineup today. Chicago is without coach Joel Quenneville, who was released from the hospital Sunday morning after suffering from some internal bleeding caused by an ulcer. He expects to be back behind the bench soon for Chicago, but it'll be assistant Mike Haviland running things again today. 

Today's game will be broadcast nationally on NBC as part of "Hockey Day In America." It will lead in to Versus' coverage of the Heritage Classic at 6 p.m. Eastern. For a full schedule of the days' games, click here.

For more on the game, check in with SB Nation's Pensburgh and Second City Hockey.

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