James Neal was credited with the only goal scored by the Pittsburgh Penguins — it was actually scored inadvertently by an opponent – and the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves on the losing end of a 5-1 decision in another of the NHL’s Stadium Series outdoors games played at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday night.
Playing in 17-degree temperatures and in a four-inch snowstorm, Pittsburgh fell to 0-1-2 in their last three games.
Chicago (36-12-14) got two goals and an assist from Jonathan Toews, while Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell all scored for the Blackhawks.
Pittsburgh’s Mark-Andre Fleury sustained the loss in goal, despite matching his season high with 35 saves. Pittsburgh dropped to 40-16-4. They lead Philadelphia by 14 points in the NHL’s Metropolitan, but their advantage over Boston in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference has dwindled to three points.
The Penguins will travel to Nashville (26-25-10) for a Tuesday night game. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:30 PM.