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First period: Penguins 1, Blackhawks 0

12/20/2011

PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Blackhawks trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 after the first period.

The lone goal of the opening 20 minutes was scored by Chris Kunitz on the power play after a controversial set of calls by the referees. Marcus Kruger was nailed with what replays showed to be a hit to the head by Deryk Engelland who may have left his feet on the check as well. John Scott intervened, dropping the gloves with Engelland and bloodying the Penguins defenseman.

There was no penalty on the play for Engelland, but Scott was called for instigating and the Penguins scored on the ensuing power play. Scott was given a 10-minute misconduct along with five for fighting and the two minutes for instigating. The hit on Kruger is still eligible to be reviewed by the league though no infraction was called on the ice. Kruger appeared to be ok, returning to the ice moment later.

The Hawks had some early chances on offense but couldn’t break through against Marc-Andre Fleury, finishing the period on a power play. The visitors will have under a minute of man-advantage time to open the second period.