Jay McClement scored the key goal 2:54 into the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night.
Elias Lindholm and Lee Stempniak scored early goals 1:05 apart to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead, and they held on to earn a point in their 11th straight home game. They’re 10-0-1 at PNC Arena since Nov. 12.
Michal Kempny had a goal and an assist, and Vinnie Hinostroza added a deflected goal 5:49 into the third for the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, who had their four-game road winning streak snapped.
Cam Ward made 27 saves for Carolina while improving to 8-0-1 during the Hurricanes’ home-ice roll.
Scott Darling stopped 25 shots for Chicago.
McClement’s goal early in the third period — a turnaround blast past Darling off a giveaway by Patrick Kane — put Carolina up 3-1.
That goal became more significant a few minutes later when Jonathan Toews put a shot off Hinostroza’s midsection and past Ward to pull the Blackhawks within a goal.
The Hurricanes locked down after that, with Ward stopping Kane’s shot through traffic with about 1 1/2 minutes remaining and later gloving his attempt with 2.4 seconds to play.
Carolina erased its early deficit with those bang-bang goals, with Lindholm tying it by stuffing a loose rebound past Darling and Stempniak putting the Hurricanes up by whipping a rebound past the Chicago goalie.
Toews finished with two assists, also setting up Kempny’s first NHL goal — a one-timer at 6:36 of the first that put the Blackhawks up 1-0.
NOTES: Carolina LW Bryan…
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