Guttman scores on a wrist shot from inside the right circle, equalizing the game at 2-2 in the third period at the 10:05 mark.
Dickinson dives to receive a pass from Perry, making a shot that puts Chicago in the lead at 3-2. Foligno seals the victory with an empty-net goal, bringing the final score to 4-2 at 18:33.
“Throughout the whole game, we displayed relentless effort,” expresses Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson. “We had numerous scoring opportunities across all three periods… In the third period, our execution was key, and we maintained that excellence throughout the rest of the game, playing with simplicity and speed.”
Rust secures the first goal for Pittsburgh at 7:04 of the opening period, redirecting a shot from Letang near the right side of the net. Initially waved off, the goal receives confirmation after a review shows the puck ricocheting out after hitting the top part of the net.
Crosby extends the Penguins’ lead to 2-0 at 11:56 of the second period. Guentzel delivers a pass through the slot to Crosby positioned near the bottom of the left face-off circle, setting up a successful wrist shot. After a challenge for offside, the goal is verified through video review.
“Game 1 is all about learning,” remarks Crosby. “It’s even better when you can learn while also winning… It’s about finding ways to elevate our performance. Unfortunately, they managed to score a couple in the third period.”
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