Second period: Penguins 3, Blackhawks 1

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 after two periods in a preseason game at the United Center.

The Hawks have steadily played worse in the contest and so has goalie Ray Emery. Emery, trying to earn a contract by a Saturday deadline, hasn’t made the big save when he’s had the chance and a fluke turnover when he left the net on a power play led to a goal as well.

Midway through the period Emery came way out to play the puck as Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith were gassed and couldn’t get back. He put it off the boards at center ice and right onto the stick of Matt Cooke who buried it not far from the center face-off circle. Later, Emery and defenseman Sean O’Donnell fell asleep letting Joe Vitale knocked one in right next to the Hawks’ goal.

The Hawks have played sloppy at both ends of the ice. Only the power play has looked somewhat crisp, eventually scoring late in the period as Brandon Pirri tapped in a puck left after a Rostislav Olesz wrap-around attempt. Overall, Emery has been shaky and the skaters in front of him have as well.