Morning Box Score
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Dec 6, 2009 4:30PM
Blackhawks Nip Pens
The Blackhawks pulled out a tight one against the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night, nipping the Pens 2-1 in overtime. The 'Hawks got their only regulation goal early in the first from Marian Hossa. The scored remained 1-0 'Hawks until the Pens scored late in the third to pull even, forcing the extra period. Less than three minutes into overtime, Kris Versteeg found the back of the net to give the 'Hawks the victory. Antti Niemi had 32 saves overall - 17 in the second period alone - for the hard-earned victory. The 'Hawks are next in action at home on Wednesday against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m., CSN).
Bulls Ripped By Raptors
The Bulls' woes continued and not even being back in the United Center could help turn things around. The Bulls' play has reached a new nadir after scoring only 78 points in their 110-78 loss to Toronto last night. The team shot 39 percent from the floor, 20 percent from three-point range, and a dreadful 53 percent from the foul line. John Salmons and Jannero Pargo each scored 13 points to lead the team. If there's a team that's struggling more than the Bulls, it's the 1-18 New Jersey Nets who roll in Tuesday night for a battle of who can play worse (7 p.m., CSN).
It's been that kind of year for Illinois: the Illini lost a heartbreaking shootout with Fresno State yesterday as the Bulldogs scored a touchdown and a dramatic two-point conversion with just two seconds left to edge the Illini 53-52. QB Juice Williams threw for 211 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, and 56 yards on the ground but the Illini also got 184 yards and two touchdowns out of RB Mikel LeShoure. Still, in spite of 548 yards of total offense, the Illini defense couldn't hold off Fresno. It was the final game in an Illini uniform for this year's seniors, including Williams. After the game, Coach Zook said, "I feel awful for them. I really do."