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Penguins top Blackhawks in shootout

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 12:07 a.m. CDT
Pittsburgh Penguins' Simon Despres checks the Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell along the boards in the third period of a preseason game Monday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won, 3-2, in a shootout. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH – James Neal scored in the shootout to give the Penguins a 3-2 preseason win over the Blackhawks after the Hawks' Bryan Bickell and Pittsburgh's Kris Letang scored two goals apiece in regulation Monday night.

Letang pulled the Penguins within 2-1 at 9:23 of the third with an unassisted breakaway goal and then pulled the Penguins even at 17:44 with a power-play goal via a slapper from the point.

Bickell scored a short-handed goal from the slot 1:09 into the second when he batted in the puck out of midair. He added a power-play goal by tipping in Jeremy Morin's shot from the point at the 14:00 mark of the middle frame.

Jeff Zatkoff stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh and Nikolai Khabibulin made 31 saves for the Hawks.

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