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Blackhawk Beatdown

It's pretty safe to say that the Blackhawks had the win from the start of the game. 

The first period was pretty quiet as both teams were getting a feel for the ice as well as a feel for how their respected opponents played, considering, this was the first time the two teams have faced off against each other in nearly ten years. The Blackhawks would strike first, late in the first, after a great snipe by forward, Duncan Keith. It wouldn't be until the second where the lamp would begin to light. Captain, Jonathan Toews would start the flurry of goals after going five-hole on Penguins goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, to make the score 2-0. Chris Versteeg would increase the score deficit to 3 after a beautiful feed by Patrick Kane. 

Three Blackhawks would score in the third period but only two would light the lamp for Chicago. Defenseman, Brent Seabrook would misread the puck and tap it in passed his goaltender, Corey Crawford. This would essentially make the score 3-1; Pittsburgh forward, James Neal was credited with the goal. Brian Bickell would light the lamp for the Blackhawks roughly seven minutes after Seabrook/Neal scored. By Now things were getting out of hand, the Penguins were down 4-1 with around seven minutes to play. Two minutes left in the game, the captain would score his second of the night to officially put the game out of reach. The Blackhawks would take home the "W" by a score of 5-1. 

The key to the Blackhawks success, they figured out how to simplify the game amidst the snow blanketing the ice. They also were able to lockdown the Penguins offense and hold them to only a total of 32 shots compared to the Blackhawks, 40. Essentially, the Blackhawks forecheck was second to none. 

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