Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Hurricanes 2
By Mike Potter Special to ESPNChicago.com
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday night. It was the Blackhawks' 2,500th win in franchise history and their first in eight tries in the building (1-6-1).
How it happened:Patrick Sharp scored the game's first goal and made the only goal of the shootout with the final shot. Sharp scored on a breakaway from Michal Handzus for his 200th career goal and first of the season at 7:56 of the first. Chicago doubled the lead at 9:42 as Marian Hossa got his second of the season. Alexander Semin followed an Eric Staal shot, beating Corey Crawford high at 3:54 of the third to halve the lead. And Ron Hainsey tied it with a blast from the left point at 12:33. The Blackhawks were up 15-5 in shots after the first period, but outshot 14-8 in the second. Brandon Bollig had six hits for Chicago, while Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked seven shots.
What it means: That the Blackhawks are 3-1-1 in their five straight one-goal games. Chicago was 0-for-3 on the power play and Carolina 0-for-4. Carolina won 44 faceoffs to Chicago's 29. Andrew Shaw had an assist on Hossa's first-period goal, extending his points streak to two games.
Player of the game: Sharp scored his first goal of the season and 200th of his career in the first period, then ended the game with his shootout goal.
Stat of the game: The Hurricanes outshot the Blackhawks 29-21 during the comeback after trailing 2-0 at the first intermission.
What's next: The Blackhawks are off Wednesday and then have the next two games at home, taking on the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday before heading on a two-game Florida trip.