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Chicago Blackhawks: Rookies with a Disappointing Loss In The Shootout-Game #2

By Andrew Gregory

Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo on the ice during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Fina against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks took their second loss in this years rookie tournament in a shootout against Pittsburgh. The Hawks young players out-shot the Penguins 40-22 but still dropped the game 5-4.

Ken Appleby was in net for Chicago, and Tristain Jarry stood in for Pittsburgh. Teuvo Teravainen and Mark McNeil, arguably the Hawks best two forwards, did not play today.

Jean Sebastian Dea put the Penguins up in the first period, which ended up being the only score of the frame. Without McNeil and Teravainen, the Hawks counted on Phillip Danault to provide some offense for the team, but they could not convert.

Anton Zlobin put the Penguins up 2-0 in the second, and the game got tight, but the doors blew open in the late stages of the frame. Brett Welychka got a tap-in goal from Garret Ross to put the Hawks up on the board. Josh Archibald and Matia Marcantuoni put the Penguins up 4-1, but Dennis Rasmussen and Danault kept the Hawks alive with two goals to end the period. Danault also assisted on the Rasmussen goal.

The third period was very tight checking, and both teams had good chances. Jarry made some good saves, and the Hawks defense bailed out Appleby. There were no goals until Matt Carey found the back of the net with 1.5 seconds left to send it to overtime. Danault recorded his third assist.

The overtime period used the new AHL rules which call for a 7 minute period, four minutes of 4-on-4. and three minutes of 3-on-3. No goals were recorded in overtime, so a shootout was required. It took four skaters each to find a winner, but Tom Kunhackl made the final shot to give the Penguins a 5-4 win.

It was a very disappointing result for a Hawks team that truly worked hard!

The Penguins have won their first two games, while the Blackhawks have dropped their first two.

The Hawks will be in action again tomorrow night against the Ottawa Senators rookies.

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