Blackhawks stomp Penguins with 10-goal outburst
The schedule makers did the defending Stanley Cup Champions no favors by opening up with St. Louis and then a back-to-back situation tonight in Chicago.
Still, from the goaltender on out, the Pittsburgh Penguins did not come to play tonight in suffering an embarrassing 10-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Just about everything went wrong for the Penguins.
Patrick Kane dazzled minutes into the game and the Blackhawks erupted with 4 goals in a 2:55 span, ending Antti Niemi’s night after just 9:16 of play.
This was supposed to be a night off for Matt Murray but he was forced into action after Niemi allowed 4 goals on 13 shots.
Pittsburgh showed up in this one like tonight was a preseason game.
With Niemi chased from the game before the half-way mark, the Blackhawks in period one just kept coming and coming and Patrick Sharp would blow by a flat-footed Olli Maatta and beat Matt Murray for a breakaway goal with 2:59 left in the first.
It was 5-0 Blackhawks after one period and Chicago would keep pouring it on in the second period.
A three goal second period put the Blackhawks up 8-1 after 40 minutes and then Brandon Saad become the second Pittsburgh native to score a hat trick vs the Penguins, scoring at 5:21 of the third period for his third of the night and giving the Blackhawks a 9-1 lead.
Brent Seabrook would then make it 10-1 at 13:45 of the third.
The Penguins might as well as dressed the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins tonight, that’s how bad they played. Even last season the Penguins had some bad blow-out losses, but nothing like this in how awful the Penguins were defensively. They couldn’t protect the net-front area, couldn’t prevent a crease pass and players were so scattered through the neutral zone and d-zone, Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"