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Blackhawks rally from two down, tie 'Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Kevin Weekes deserved better Saturday night.

The Carolina goalie stopped 40 shots, but Boris Mironov scored a fluke goal with 12:28 left in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-3 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Mironov's wrist shot from the point deflected off a Carolina
defenseman's skate and past Weekes, who has taken over the No. 1
goalie spot from Arturs Irbe less than 10 games into the season.

"You get caught in no-man's land sometimes when that happens
and it looks like you're out of position as a goalie,'' Weekes said
of Mironov's tying shot that hit Marek Malik's skate about 15 feet
in front of the net. "That's how the puck bounces sometimes.''

Weekes likes to face a lot of shots.

"One of the few times I played against Chicago they had 49
shots so I know they're a skilled team that likes to move the puck
around and they have some crafty players and guys who can really
shoot the puck,'' Weekes said.

Carolina was able to kill off consecutive penalties to Sean Hill
and Bret Hedican over the final 5 minutes of regulation to at least
secure one point.

"Their goaltender was outstanding and he had to be,'' Chicago
coach Brian Sutter said.

Carolina was 22-0-2-2 last season when leading after two periods
en route to the Eastern Conference title.

"It's difficult to take a 3-1 lead and be such a good team with those kind of numbers normally and to see it disappear on you and not be frustrated,'' Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.

Rod Brind'Amour had a goal and an assist and Jeff O'Neill extended his point streak to a career-high eight games with a goal for Carolina.

O'Neill and Brind'Amour scored power-play goals less than 7
minutes apart in the second period to break a 1-1 tie.

Brind'Amour set up O'Neill's second of the season less than five minutes into the second with a blind backhand pass to the goal crease.

Brind'Amour then scored his team-leading sixth goal in nine
games with Carolina on the man advantage and a delayed penalty
coming against the Blackhawks.

Carolina has scored at least one power-play goal in seven of
eight games after starting 0-for-9 in a season-opening loss to the
New York Rangers.

The Blackhawks closed to 3-2 on Phil Housley's 334th career goal
just moments after the Hurricanes dodged a flurry of shots on a
Chicago power play late in the second as Weekes made eight key
saves.

"I was ticked that they scored because our guys were really
battling hard on that penalty kill and were able to fend off most
of their attack,'' Weekes said. "We were kind of deflated after
that.''

Carolina failed to get a shot on goal on a power play after
Mironov tied it.

Carolina was sloppy in its own end in the early stages of the
game and paid for it halfway through the first when Shawn Thornton
scored his first NHL goal from close range.

The Hurricanes tied it late in the first when Sean Hill's shot from the point hit a maze of players and landed on Erik Cole's stick in the slot, where he knocked home his second of the season.

Game notes
Weeks has started five of the last six for Carolina. ...
Chicago has scored just two goals in the first period in six games.
... O'Neill has two goals and seven assists during his point
streak. ... Alex Zhamnov's assist on Housley's goal gave the
Chicago center at least one point in every game this season.