Ben Smith said he wanted to capitalize on his Tuesday night performance, which resulted in a goal. He did that on Thursday.
Smith had a short-handed goal, and Patrick Sharp added his second of the preseason, but the Chicago Blackhawks fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 at the United Center. Smith is vying for a spot on the Blackhawks’ roster, and knew he had to build off his first preseason game.
Still, he won’t get over-excited by it.
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“It’s one game. And one game won’t make this team. As I said Tuesday, it’ s a step forward,” said Smith, who enjoyed his penalty-kill time and talked plenty with the Blackhawks assistant coaches and Marcus Kruger about it during the game. “I’ve killed with Kruger before last year in Rockford, but it’s just about going over how they do things there. Just a little refresher always helps. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully I have an opportunity to do that moving forward.”
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Coach Joel Quenneville said it was a great outing for Smith.
“Obviously he got us back in the game with a huge shorthanded goal. The puck was more friendly with him tonight,” he said. “He had a direct game and more purpose to his game.”
Brandon Bollig also scored for the Blackhawks. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 27 of 30 shots.
Teuvo Teravainen has had a solid camp, but it looks like it’s coming to an end. The 19-year-old forward will head back to his native Finland tomorrow. Teravainen said the past week was a great experience.
Quenneville liked what he saw in the youngster.
“He had good stretches in games. It’s going to be fun to watch him grow,” Quenneville said. “Offensively, he’s as smooth as can be. Defensively he’s got a good mindset of keeping himself in the play in all zones. We expect him to get better, bigger and stronger.”
Jonathan Toews, who’s been sidelined with a lower-body injury since the weekend, will play tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals. It will be Toews’ first game of this preseason.
Marian Hossa (upper body) did not play against the Penguins and is expected to miss all but the final preseason game. Quenneville said Hossa “aggravated” an injury this week. Hossa suffered a back injury during the Stanley Cup Final in June; he treated it with shots instead of undergoing surgery.