Blackhawks 3, Hurricanes 2 (SO)

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Patrick Sharp scored in a shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night at PNC Arena to win their third game in a row.
The Hurricanes wiped out a two-goal, third-period deficit to foce overtime.
Ron Hainsey's blast from inside the blue line tied the game with 7:27 to play in regulation, accounting for his first goal with the Hurricanes. The defenseman had gone 121 games without a goal.
Alexander Semin opened Carolina's scoring earlier in the third period.
Sharp and Marian Hossa scored first-period goals for the Blackhawks, who were playing only their second road game,
In the shootout, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews failed to convert for Chicago before Sharp took his turn.
Carolina's Nathan Gerbe, Semin and Jeff Skinner all were stopped.
The Blackhawks lost their previous seven games in this building. Chicago's only other victory in North Carolina came Jan. 14, 1998, when the Hurricanes played at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford stopped 32 shots.
Cam Ward made 34 saves, including three in the opening minute of overtime, for Carolina.
The Hurricanes came up empty on an overtime power play, then peppered the goal in the final 15 seconds. Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell was in the penalty box for hooking midway through the extra session. At one point, only two Chicago skaters had sticks during the penalty kill.
Sharp scored his 200th career goal on a first-period breakaway. He has played in 601 games.
Hossa notched his first point since opening night when he tallied at 10:18 of the first period.
The Hurricanes used their timeout after the Blackhawks needed only slightly more than 10 minutes to grab a 2-0 lead.
Carolina posted 11 of the first 13 shots in the second period but didn't dent the scoreboard.
Semin deposited a rebound off Eric Staal's shot 3:54 into the third period to close the gap.
The Hurricanes were winless in the three-game homestand, going 0-1-2.
NOTES: G Justin Peters was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League to serve as Carolina's backup. G Anton Khudobin, who left in the second period of Sunday's game against Phoenix with a lower-body injury, was placed on injured reserve. ... The Blackhawks have not listed injuries causing players to miss games through six games. ... Chicago has outshot its opponents by a combined 80-44 in the first period this season after having a 15-5 edge on Carolina. ... The Hurricanes won't play home again until Oct. 28, with four road games -- beginning Thursday night at Toronto -- during that stretch. Carolina is normally without home games during the North Carolina State Fair, which is held virtually across the street from the arena. ... The Blackhawks are back home for Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Blues.

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