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Jean-Sebastien Dea and Tom Kuhnhackl tallied goals, but the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 Rookie Tournament in London, Ontario on Sunday afternoon.

The Pens finished with a 0-2-0-1 record in the round-robin tournament, after falling to the Ottawa Senators (4-1) on Thursday and the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-3, SO) on Saturday night.

The Penguins failed to take advantage of three early power plays, including a 5-on-3 opportunity that presented itself less than two minutes into the contest.  And the Blackhawks would make sure they paid the price before the third power play concluded.

A Pens giveaway was scooped up by Garrett Ross, who blasted a shot off of Jarry’s chest.  The rebound bounced around between a pair of Penguins in the crease, and Mark McNeill stepped up on the play to shovel a shot past the Pittsburgh netminder.  That goal came with a minute left in Chris DeSousa’s charging penalty, and made the score 1-0.

Defenseman Joe Gleason extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the first with a rising slapshot from the far circle that picked the upper right hand corner behind Jarry, who was screened on the shot. 

The Penguins got on the board at 8:57 of the second period when Liam O’Brien’s shot from the point bounced off netminder Mac Carruth and fell to a wide open Jean-Sebastien Dea at the top of the crease.  Dea spun around and swept the puck behind the Chicago goalie for his first tally of the tournament.

Chicago regained the two-goal advantage with less than three minutes to go in the second when Byron Froese’s one-timer fluttered over netminder Matt Murray’s glove hand and dropped into the cage.

Tom Kuhnhackl made the score 3-2 just 52 seconds into the third period when he tipped a Dea feed up and over the glove of Brandon Whitney, who took over in net for the Blackhawks late in the second period.

The Pens finished the game with 44 shots to just 26 for the Blackhawks. Jarry (pictured above) stopped 12 of 14 shots on the day for the Penguins, while Murray turned aside 11 of 12.

1st PERIOD SCORING: CHI – (SH) Mark McNeill  (Garrett Ross) 5:13 | CHI – Joe Gleason (Viktor Svedberg, Alex Broadhurst) 10:28

1st PERIOD PENALTIES:  CHI –  Pat Mullane (2 – Elbowing) 0:54 | CHI – Viktor Svedberg (2 - High Sticking) 1:31 | CHI – Chris DeSousa (2 – Charging) 4:03 | PIT – Bobby Farnham (2 - Boarding) 13:29 | PIT – Bobby Farnham (5 – Fighting) 13:29 | CHI – Bobby Shea (5 – Fighting) 13:29

2nd PERIOD SCORING: PIT – Jean-Sebastien Dea (Derrick Pouliot, Liam O’Brien) 8:57 | CHI – Byron Froese (David Gilbert, Joe Gleason) 17:53

2nd PERIOD PENALTIES:  PIT –  Philip Samuelsson (2 – Roughing) 5:18

3rd PERIOD SCORING: PIT – Tom Kuhnhackl (Jean-Sebasiten Dea, Adam Payerl) 0:52 |

3rd PERIOD PENALTIES:  PIT – Carter Rowney (2 – Cross Checking) 3:06 | PIT – Richard Nejezchleb (2 – Slashing) 12:10 | PIT - Dominik Uher (2 - Roughing ) 15:10 | PIT – Philip Samuelsson (5 – Fighting) 15:10 | PIT – Philip Samuelsson (10 – Misconduct) 15:10 | CHI – Bobby Shea (5- Fighting) 15:10 | CHI – Bobby Shea (10 - Misconduct) 15:10 | CHI – Joakim Nordstrom (2 - Roughing ) 15:10


1st        2nd       3rd        F

PIT      0          1          1          2

CHI     2          1          0          3



1st        2nd       3rd        F

PIT      20        8          16        44

CHI     11        5          10        26


Penguins line combos:  Kuhnhackl-Dea-Payerl | Uher-Rowney-Brace | Nejezchleb-Marcantuoni-Farnham | Simmonds-Rankin-O’Brien

Defensive pairings: Dumoulin-Seymour | Pouliot-Samuelsson | D’Agostino-McNeill

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