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Hurricanes Rally to Earn Point in Shootout Loss

Michael Smith | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Tracking the Storm: Analysis

-- The Carolina Hurricanes fought back with a gutsy, two-goal third period to earn a point in the standings against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Though the Canes didn’t take away two points, the character and resolve that were on display after a somewhat tepid first 20 minutes is something to build upon. “I liked the way our leaders really took charge tonight,” said head coach Kirk Muller. “They kept everyone composed, and we went out and had a good second and third period.”

-- Chicago jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after a couple of defensive miscues – getting beat in a breakaway footrace and being unable to clear the puck as a penalty kill expired – ended up in the back of the Canes’ own net. Muller called a timeout then to regroup his team. ““We just said, ‘Hey, listen, the energy is there tonight, and I know you came ready to play. I know you’re excited for the challenge. It didn’t happen the way we [wanted]. A couple miscues, and they’re up 2-0. But don’t lose that. There’s a lot of hockey left. Let’s grind it out,’” he said. “I think the leaders took charge, went out and played hard.”

-- The Canes began to dictate play in the second period; over 14 minutes into the middle frame, they were outshooting Chicago 11-2 in the period. With nothing to show for their effort on the scoreboard, give credit to the team for sticking to their game plan, as they were rewarded for it in the third period. “To show some character after that second period, come back and score two goals to tie it is a big confidence booster for our hockey club,” Cam Ward said.

-- Just about four minutes into the third period, Alexander Semin got the Canes on the board with his second goal of the season. Eric Staal fired a slap shot on net, and Corey Crawford coughed up the rebound. Semin was able to easily out-muscle Michal Hanzus to the loose puck, which he then deposited top-shelf. “That was the top line’s best [game] all year,” Muller said.

-- About nine minutes later, the Canes tied the game, riding the buzz and energy of the 16,263 at PNC Arena. As Crawford was without a stick, Ron Hainsey’s point shot found its way through traffic and into the net. It was Hainsey’s first goal and point with the Hurricanes and his first goal since March 12, 2011. “We needed two [goals] in that third. However we got them, we were going to be pleased,” he said. “It’s nice to contribute in a big spot.”

-- Hainsey’s goal was officially unassisted, but there were a few key plays made leading up to the game-tying goal. The sequence began with Jeff Skinner entering the zone with speed and generating a scoring chance. Radek Dvorak then parked himself in front of the net, nearly scoring on a point-blank opportunity. He remained in front of the net, screening a stickless Crawford on Hainsey’s point shot. “We tried to make a note of having more bodies in front of Crawford to not let him see the puck, and judging by his reaction on that second goal, he didn’t see it, so obviously we were doing our job,” Ward said.

-- Ward had a solid game in net for the Canes, as he stopped 34 of 36 shots and made two big saves on Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the shootout. Though he has yet to record a win, he was posted save percentages of .973 and .944 in his last two starts, respectively, which were both shootout losses. “Cam played great in net,” Muller said. “Overall, a lot of real positive things for us to take on the road.”

-- The Canes have recorded points in two of their last three games, all match-ups against the Western Conference. The team will now hit the road for a four-game road swing that is split up by four days that will be spent back in Raleigh. “That’s a really good game and a big point against a team like that [before] we go on the road, just because of how we played,” Muller said. “We bounced back from a game we weren’t happy with the other night.”

Recap (NHL.com)

RALEIGH N.C. -- Patrick Sharp scored the only goal of the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks survived a blown two-goal lead in the third period to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night at PNC Arena.

Sharp started the third round of the tiebreaker by deking Cam Ward and sliding the puck inside the left post. Corey Crawford ended the game by stopping Jeff Skinner's wrist shot.

Crawford made 32 saves through 65 minutes. Ward stopped 34 shots.

Chicago led 2-0 after two periods, but Alexander Semin cut the lead in half at 3:54 of the third period when he gathered the rebound of Eric Staal's shot and beat Crawford over the glove. Ron Hainsey's low blast from the left point found its way inside the far post at 12:33 to tie the game at 2-2.

The Blackhawks dominated the Hurricanes in the first period, controlling play from start to finish and jumping to a 2-0 lead.

Sharp scored his 200th career goal at 7:56 when he slipped through the defense and beat Ward on the forehand. Michael Handzus started the play with an aerial pass from deep in the Chicago zone. Sharp chased it down at the Carolina blue line before scoring his second of the season.

Marian Hossa made it 2-0 when Carolina defenseman Brett Bellemore whiffed on a clearing pass in the slot. Hossa lifted a backhander past Ward, who was moving right to left on the play. The goal came three seconds after the expiration of Eric Staal's holding penalty.

The Blackhawks outshot the Hurricanes 15-5 in the first period.

With a two-goal lead to start the second period, the Blackhawks played a bit more conservatively. But Chicago was up to the task when the Hurricanes had their one full power play in the period. With Johnny Oduya in the box for hooking, Chicago's penalty-killers blocked three shots and cleared the defensive zone four times, holding Carolina without a shot.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:56CHI Patrick Sharp (1) ASST: Michal Handzus (2) 1 - 0 CHI
10:18CHI Marian Hossa (2) ASST: Brandon Saad (3), Andrew Shaw (2) 2 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:54CAR Alexander Semin (2) ASST: Eric Staal (2), Tuomo Ruutu (1) 2 - 1 CHI
12:33CAR Ron Hainsey (1) ASST: NONE 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1CHIPatrick Kane - Save
2CARNathan Gerbe - Save
3CHIJonathan Toews - Save
4CARAlexander Semin - Missed
5CHIPatrick Sharp - Goal
6CARJeff Skinner - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDChicago BlackhawksCarolina Hurricanes
1Patrick KaneNathan Gerbe
2Jonathan ToewsAlexander Semin
3Patrick SharpJeff Skinner
Three Stars of the Game
Corey Crawford
1st
Corey Crawford
SA: 34TOI: 64:41
GA: 2EV: 29-31
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .941SH: 0-0
Cam Ward
2nd
Cam Ward
G
SA: 36TOI: 64:51
GA: 2EV: 32-34
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .944SH: 0-0
Marian Hossa
3rd
Marian Hossa
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:20
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:15CAR Eric Staal  Holding against  Johnny Oduya
2nd Period
02:48CHI Michal Rozsival  Interference against  Brett Sutter
03:47CAR Drayson Bowman  Too many men/ice - bench
09:05CHI Johnny Oduya  Hooking against  Patrick Dwyer
3rd Period
04:31CAR Ron Hainsey  Holding against  Andrew Shaw
15:33CHI Michal Rozsival  Slashing against  Jeff Skinner
OT Period
02:30CHI Bryan Bickell  Hooking against  Ryan Murphy
shots by period
PeriodCHICAR
1st155
2nd814
3rd1011
OT34
Total3634
Team Stats
CategoryCHICAR
Power Plays0/30/4
Hits2031
Faceoff Wins2944
Giveaways515
Takeaways1218
Blocked Shots2613
Penalty Minutes86
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  • CAROLINA
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30C. Ward3436.94464:51