After an early first period push from Carolina, it was Chicago that scored the game’s first goal. Michal Kempny ripped home his first NHL goal on a one-time feed at the top of the circle from Jonathan Toews.
The Hurricanes kept their foot on the gas. Under two minutes later, Elias Lindholm drove to the crease following a net drive from Jordan Staal and slammed home a loose puck at 8:32 of the opening frame to tie the game at one.
1:05 later, Carolina took their first lead of the night. Teuvo Teravainen threw the puck on net from the left side boards and a Sebastian Aho deflection was handled by Scott Darling, but Lee Stempniak came flying up the right wing and put the rebound home to make it 2-1.
Chicago started to push a bit more in the second period, which forced Cam Ward to make a plethora of great saves. He was able to keep the Hawks at bay and kept the game at 2-1 entering periods three.
The Hurricanes came out strong in the third period and they were rewarded with a goal. Patrick Kane’s ugly turnover following some hard work from Sebastian Aho at the offensive blueline set up Jay McClement with a chance in all alone and he blasted it past Darling to make it 3-1.
Just under three minutes later, the Blackhawks came back within a goal. Jonathan Toews shot was deflected by Vinnie Hinostroza and it glided along the chest of Cam Ward and over his shoulder to make it a one-goal game.
A flurry of chances from Chicago was thwarted away by Ward and the Hurricanes as they closed out a tightly contested 3-2 win at the PNC Arena.
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