“I guess I definitely got caught up in it a little bit,” said Toews, who got his nickname of “Captain Serious” for his stoic demeanor.
Kane added his own flashy play, making a perfect pass to Versteeg for a goalmouth tip-in that made it 3-0 at 16:43. Versteeg ended an 11-game scoring drought by scoring at a third Chicago sports venue, joining Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic and the United Center.
“Just drive the net and put your stick down and you know a guy like Kaner is going to find you when he can,” Versteeg said. “It was just a great pass.”
“They’re a good hockey team and they outplayed us,” Crosby said. “They had us trapped in a lot of the game.”
Corey Crawford had 31 stops for the Blackhawks, who lost forward Marian Hossa to an upper-body injury in the first period.
It was unclear when exactly Hossa was injured. He took a hard hit from Penguins forward Craig Adams during Chicago’s second power play of the first period.
“Hossa might miss some time,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’ll get a better idea probably more on Monday, pretty good idea, but we’ll know more in a couple of days. But not long term.”
NOTES: It’s the Penguins‘ third three-game losing streak of the season. … The NHL’s last outdoor game of the season is Sunday in Vancouver, when the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators in the Heritage Classic at B.C. Place Stadium.
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