The Carolina Hurricanes made a third-period comeback against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, but lost in a shootout, 3-2.
The comeback came after a dismal first period by the Hurricanes that allowed two goals in 11 minutes. The team improved in the second and then scored twice in eight minutes to tie the game and send it into overtime.
The OT ended scoreless and the game headed to a shootout where Patrick Sharp scored the lone goal that gave the Hawks the win and two points.
But the game should be looked at as a positive for the Canes. Going up against the defending champs, having a bad period and then regrouping to earn a point will be big for the team’s confidence, especially with a four-game road trip coming up.
Having said that, the Canes need to improve on the shootout. Just like in the contest against the Kings, Carolina could not score a goal. It’s not a big problem right now, but at the end of the season a few points could mean the difference between playoffs and an early end to the season.
The first line connected for the Hurricanes first goal of the game with Alexander Semin stuffing an Eric Staal rebound past Corey Crawford. Tuomo Ruutu made the pass to Staal to earn his first point of the season.
Semin and Staal continue to produce over the last few games, which is good for the Canes. We’ll see if the goal is enough to keep Ruutu on the line.
Ron Hainsey scored the tying goal 12 minutes into the third period. The former Jet held a clearing attempt in the zone, then took a slap shot that ended up finding the left side of the net, when Crawford was to the right.
Cam Ward also had a strong game, shutting down the Blackhawks’ offense after the first period and making 36 saves.
The Hurricanes play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.