Video: Toews, Kane lead Blackhawks over shorthanded Pens

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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout helping the Chicago Blackhawks edge the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Wednesday night.

David Rundblad and Marian Hossa got the Blackhawks out to 2-0 lead.

Zach Sill’s first career goal and Steve Downie’s eighth of the season helped the Penguins even the score at 2-2 after 40 minutes.

Pittsburgh was without defenseman Kris Letang and center Evgeni Malkin due to injuries.

The Penguins head into the all star break without a win in four straight games.

Corey Crawford improved to 18-10-2 with a 33 save performance.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots in the loss.

The two teams will meet again next month in Chicago.

Report: Letang (concussion/neck) out indefinitely

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang reportedly suffered a concussion on a hit from Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo.

Hockey insider Darren Dreger says Letang showed symptoms of a concussion Tuesday night and had a stiff neck on Wednesday morning.

Letang still skated in an optional practice Wednesday morning, but did not play against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 27-year-old has a history of concussion issues. According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Letang is out indefinitely.

Evgeni Malkin, who also missed the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks, is expected to miss this weekend’s all star game with an undisclosed injury according to Shannon.

The Pittsburg Penguins have five days off before retuning to action Jan. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Letang out vs. Blackhawks (Updated)

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with an undisclosed injury.

Letang was the recipient of a hit from Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo during the first period of Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss. Letang left the game immediately and did not return.

The 27-year-old took the team’s optional morning skate Wednesday and coach Mike Johnston called Letang a game-time decision for tonight.

Update:

After injuries limited Letang to just 37 games last season, he’s appeared in 40 games this season averaging over 25 minutes a night in ice time while registering nine goals and 32 points. Letang missed action in December due to a groin injury.

In missing tonight’s game, Letang will now have six days off before the Penguins return to action following the all star break on Jan. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets.

WATCH LIVE: Blackhawks at Penguins (8 p.m. ET)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to avoid a fourth straight loss heading into the all star break tonight when they entertain the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the clubs.

Chicago has been inconsistent since New Year’s Day going 4-5-0; however, the Blackhawks are coming off a convincing 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

You can catch the game on NBCSN or watch online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Report: Flyers’ Rinaldo waives right to an in-person hearing

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Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Zac Rinaldo has reportedly waived his right to an in-person hearing.

He was offered a face-to-face conversation for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang Tuesday night.

Since Rinaldo was offered an in-person hearing he is eligible to be suspended for six or more games.

He received a boarding major and a game misconduct for this hit:

The Penguins announced Wednesday that Letang would be a game-time decision when Pittsburgh plays host to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rinaldo has a history with the Department of Player Safety. In April of last year he was suspended four games for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.