Asham injured as Penguins lose in Chicago, 5-2


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CHICAGO -- The Penguins fell to the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, 5-2, in a preseason game tonight at United Center.

The Penguins, who dropped to 4-1 in exhibition games, were playing without top forwards Sidney Crosby (sore hip) and Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Brooks Orpik against a Chicago lineup studded with star players.

Penguins winger Arron Asham left the game in the first period because of what the team called an upper-body injury. He will be further evaluated Saturday.

Fernando Pisani gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at 4:20 of the second period, converting a cross-ice pass from Dave Bolland and beating Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to the short side.

On a Chicago power play, Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at 13:47 of the second period with a shot from the top of the right circle.

On the first shift of the third period, former Penguins winger Marian Hossa took the puck from Penguins rookie defenseman Simon Despres near the blue line, then beat Despres down the right side and scored at 0:19 to give the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead.

Patrick Kane scored on a rebound during a Blackhawks power play to boost the lead to 4-0 at 5:56 of the third period.

Alex Goligoski, playing the right point on the Penguins' first power play of the game, moved in on the net and scored at 10:40 of the third period to make it 4-1, and Craig Adams added a goal for the Penguins at 18:42 of the third period.

Hossa scored the final goal on a breakaway 17 seconds later off assists from Brent Seabrook and John Scott.

The Penguins close their exhibition schedule Sunday with a game at Detroit.


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1721


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