Neal scores in SO, Penguins top Blackhawks 3-2

The Associated PressSeptember 24, 2013
Neal scores in SO, Penguins top Blackhawks 3-2
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) skates in towards Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39), of Russia, after scoring in the shootout of the NHL preseason hockey game on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- James Neal scored in the shootout to give the Penguins a 3-2 preseason win over the Blackhawks after Chicago's Bryan Bickell and Pittsburgh's Kris Letang scored two goals apiece in regulation on 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 Chicago.