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Penguins remain undefeated in preseason

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By Josh Yohe
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
 

CHICAGO — Goalie Brent Johnson was spectacular, Steve Sullivan scored a goal in his first game with the Penguins, and Joe Vitale made a case for making the NHL roster, as the Penguins (5-0-0) remained undefeated in preseason play with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in Chicago.

Sullivan, expected to add punch to the Penguins' power play, fired a shot from the left point that beat Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery for a 1-0 first-period lead.

Matt Cooke made it 2-0 in the second period when he fired a shot from the red line that beat Emery, who was out of position after having just played the puck.

Vitale banged in a loose puck to make it 3-0 later in the period. Vitale, in a battle to make the team, was a physical force throughout and did nothing to hurt his chances.

Brandon Pirri scored twice to pull the Blackhawks within a goal. Gibsonia native Brandon Saad assisted on Pirri's first goal.

Those were the only shots to get by Johnson, who stopped 35 of 37 shots and made a number of spectacular saves in the final minutes to preserve the victory.

Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal with 41.8 seconds left.

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