Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blackhawks Scramble to Down Pens in OT

The Chicago Blackhawks came out on top in the first leg of a home-and-home with the Pittburgh Penguins on Tuesday, as Artemi Panarin roofed an OT winner past Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Hawks the extra point after they had squandered a 2-0 lead in the third period.

Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang scored to bring the Penguins even, but Pittsburgh could not grab the extra point and so remains a point behind the Bruins for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. But things have gone well for the Pens of late. Crosby, who struggled to get shots let alone score in the early season, now has goals his his last four games and 12 points in his last seven games. Crosby is now on his first four-game goal streak since 2010. Crosby is now 12-19-31 in 38 games this season.

The Penguins have points in their last four games, and five of their last six. The Blackhawks (23-13-4) got two goals from Panarin (13 on the season) and extended their current win streak to four games.

The teams will meet at the United Center tomorrow night.