Staal powers Penguins to 4-1 win

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Jordan Staal scored twice as the Penguins came back in the third period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, in a preseason game tonight at Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins are 2-0 in the exhibition season.

The game was scoreless until 10:32 of the second period, when Michael Frolik stepped around Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek in the slot and whipped a shot by goaltender Brent Johnson for a 1-0 Chicago lead.

Staal tied it for the Penguins, 1-1. Nick Johnson, in the crease, got his stick on a shot by Tyler Kennedy and the puck squirted out to Staal in the left circle. He swept it into a gaping space behind Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery at 1:58 of the third period.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead at 10:42 of the third when Matt Cooke redirected a backhand shot by Craig Adams.

Kennedy then scored at 14:14 of the third to push the Penguins' lead to 3-1. Deryk Engelland deftly redirected a pass from Johnson between his legs. Emery stopped that shot, but Kennedy scored on the rebound.

Staal picked up another goal with 8.5 seconds left in regulation to make it 4-1.

The next exhibition game is Saturday afternoon at home against Minnesota.

Shelly Anderson: or 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly


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