The Chicago Blackhawks became only the sixth franchise in National Hockey League history to reach 2, 500 victories with a 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at PNC Arena.
The Hawks’ third straight win was their first victory in Carolina since they defeated the Canes 4-1 on Jan. 14, 1998.
October 15, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates hits 1st period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Sharp scored the 200th goal of his career when Michal Handzus sent a puck behind the defense to a streaking Sharp who slipped a goal pass Cam Ward to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at 7:56 in the first.
Andrew Shaw stripped Canes’ Brett Bellemore of the puck and feed Hossa a pass for the backhand goal as the Hawks’ power play expired to push the Hawks to a 2-0 lead at 10:18 in the first.
After a scoreless second, Semin pounced on an Eric Staal rebound in the third at 3:54 to pull the Canes within one. Four minutes later, Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford made three stellar saves before Hainsey’s shot from the point tied it and set up the shootout.
Crawford earned the victory as the Hawks improved to 4-1-1 on the season, the Hawks have now played in five consecutive games decided by one score.
The Hawks travel home to face division rival St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. CT (CSN-CH/WGN 720).
Brandon Cain (@BrandonMCain) joined the FanSided Sports Network in May 2013 and is a co-editor of Cubbies Crib and staff writer of Da Windy City. He covers the Blackhawks, Fire, and White Sox for DWC and the Cubs for CC. ([email protected])