Blackhawks edge Hurricanes 3-2 on shorthanded goal in 3rd
Jonathan Toews’ short-handed breakaway goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night.
Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 30th goal and Kris Versteeg ended an eight-game drought to help the Blackhawks win without leading scorer Patrick Kane, who was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining a lower-body injury in Chicago’s victory over St. Louis on Wednesday.
Corey Crawford made 26 saves.
Alexander Semin scored his 20th and 21st goals as the Hurricanes fought back from a two-goal deficit, but lost to Chicago for the second time this season. The Blackhawks beat the Hurricanes in a road shootout on Oct. 15 in their only other meeting this season.
Anton Khudobin stopped 22 shots after a career-best 46 saves in Carolina’s win at Columbus on Tuesday.
Sharp has scored at least 30 goals four times in his career. He has reached the mark in the past three full NHL seasons.
The Blackhawks were also without injured forwards Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell, and defenseman Michal Rozsival.
Kane, who could miss the rest of the regular season, was injured in a collision with St. Louis’ Brenden Morrow. He left the ice under his own power, favoring his left leg.
Earlier Friday, Chicago recalled top prospect Teuvo Teravainen and forward Jeremy Morin from Rockford of the AHL.
The 19-year-old Teravainen, Chicago’s first-round selection in the 2012 draft, didn’t play against Carolina.
The Blackhawks came out flying in the scoreless first and outshot Carolina 11-4.
The Hurricanes didn’t record their first shot until Nathan Gerbe forced Crawford to make a glove save 11:21 in.
Sharp opened the scoring on a breakaway at 3:09 of the second. He took a stretch pass up the middle from Andrew Shaw and accelerated past defensemen Justin Faulk and Ron Hainsey. He beat Khudobin with a high backhander on the stick side.
Versteeg made it 2-0 with 3:34 left in the second during 4-on-4 play. Defenseman Nick Leddy carried the puck down to the left corner, then centered a pass to Versteeg, who beat Khudobin on the glove side.
Semin cut it to 2-1 with 37.7 seconds left in the period. He was open in the right circle, took Eric Staal’s pass from the left boards and fired a quick shot past Crawford’s glove.
Semin tied it off a faceoff during a 5-on-3 power play at 2:58 of the third. Staal won the draw and fed Semin, who fired in a screened shot from the top of the left circle.
Toews’ third short-handed goal just 31 seconds later put Chicago ahead for good.
A shot by Staal rimmed all the way around the boards in the Chicago zone and came out to center ice. Toews got the puck, skated in alone, and beat Khudobin with a high backhander.
NOTES: Kane must sit out a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said there is “no reason to think he won’t” be ready for the playoffs. ... Morin has one goal and four assists in 15 games with Chicago this season. ... D David Rundblad played in his second game with the Blackhawks since being acquired from Phoenix. ... Carolina D John-Michael Liles returned after missing six games with a concussion, C Jiri Tlusty came back after sitting out two with a lower-body injury, and C Elias Lindholm and D Justin Faulk played after missing the previous game because of illnesses.
BLACKHAWKS 3, HURRICANES 2
First Period_None. Penalties_E.Staal, Car (tripping), 10:29; Semin, Car (hooking), 18:32.
Second Period_1, Chicago, Sharp 30 (Shaw, Handzus), 3:09. 2, Chicago, Versteeg 11 (Leddy, Seabrook), 16:26. 3, Carolina, Semin 20 (E.Staal, Sekera), 19:22. Penalties_Oduya, Chi (cross-checking), 3:23; Toews, Chi (hooking), 7:55; Harrison, Car (interference), 14:29; Toews, Chi (slashing), 15:44.
Third Period_4, Carolina, Semin 21 (E.Staal), 2:58 (pp). 5, Chicago, Toews 28, 3:29 (sh). Penalties_Keith, Chi (slashing), 1:26; Handzus, Chi (holding), 1:44; Handzus, Chi (tripping), 4:11; E.Staal, Car (tripping), 4:49; Faulk, Car (holding), 15:27.
Shots on Goal_Carolina 4-14-10_28. Chicago 11-9-5_25.
Power-play opportunities_Carolina 1 of 6; Chicago 0 of 5.
Goalies_Carolina, Khudobin 15-11-0 (25 shots-22 saves). Chicago, Crawford 28-12-10 (28-26).
A_21,857 (19,717). T_2:22.
Referees_Frederick L'Ecuyer, Chris Lee. Linesmen_Andy McElman, Mark Shewchyk.