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CHICAGO – Kris Versteeg broke a tie in the fourth round of a shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Carolina 3-2 on Wednesday night to end the Hurricanes' winning streak at four games.

With Carolina on a power play and goalie Cam Ward off for an extra attacker, the Hurricanes’ Tuomo Ruutu scored with 26.5 seconds left in regulation to tie at 2, receiving the pass from forward Ray Whitney.

“At first it was a good back check from our guys,” said Ruutu. “They had the puck in front of the net. They battled and got the puck for us. And then Ray Whitney made a (heck) of a play after that.”

Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Ruutu traded goals to open the shootout. And then the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and Carolina'sJussi Jokinen also scored to keep it even.

After both teams failed on their next attempts, Versteeg beat Ward to give the Blackhawks the advantage. Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet then stopped Sergei Samsonov as the Blackhawks raced to the ice to celebrate the win.

“Our shootout guys did an excellent job, too, to score two and give me a chance to come up with the save,” said Ward. “Unfortunately I just wasn’t able to in the shootout.”

With the point for the regulation tie, Carolina have as many points (78) as sixth place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference, but the Penguins have a game in hand so Hurricanes moved up only a spot to seventh place, ahead of the Florida Panthers.

“To come back in a game like that, I don’t think anything was easy for us,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice. “We were in the penalty box too much for our team. With the schedule that we face, we just spent too much time in the box.”

But the Hurricanes were still grateful with the point.

“It’s still better than zero,” said Ruutu.

The Hurricanes drew six penalties, two more than the Blackhawks.

Versteeg also had a tying goal in the second period.

In overtime, Ward stopped a partial break by Kane, and Huet blocked a shot by Eric Staal on a breakaway with 3 seconds to go, preserving the tie.

“He made a huge, huge save that kept us and gave us a chance to get a point,” said Maurice. “That pad save coming across the crease was fantastic.”

Ward finished with 39 saves, and Huet had 29.

Troy Brouwer gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead in the final period. On a power play, Kane skated from behind the net and slid a nice pass to Brouwer for the score.

Chicago's victory snapped a two-game losing streak and came without right winger Martin Havlat, who missed his first game of the season after sustaining a lower-leg injury Sunday in a loss to Colorado.

“I like their game,” Maurice said of the Blackhawks, who he also thought had more energy Wednesday. “They’ve got a lot of skill.”

The Hurricanes opened the scoring at 5:24 of the first period. Rod Brind'Amour was wide open on the side and took a pass across the crease from Samsonov for an easy score.

Ward turned away seven shots during two Blackhawks' power plays in the opening period and also snuffed Kane on a point-blank attempt.

Versteeg scored on a 2-on-1 breakaway in the second, using a wrist shot from the left circle to beat Ward high on the glove side, and the Blackhawks had a tie.

It was Chicago's first win over Carolina since April 3, 1999. The Hurricanes were 7-0-1 against the Blackhawks in that span and had won four straight in Chicago.

Hurricanes' D Joni Pitkanen suffered a lower body injury and did not play in the third period.


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The McClatchy Group

or company what ever you want or are legally called, like here in Winston-Salem with the Journal...are the N&O the journal ( as in this mornings addition) has plenty of BB & March madness news...the firm that owns the journal has like others & N&O cut staff and expenses...we lost a long time nascar reporter who had more seniority than other reporters had...but snip and clip ...he was gone...and even if things were to turn around those jobs and the type of reporting we sports fans are getting will be as they are now...

so we can either get used to it...or we can stay with the blogs, and websites we know and trust to get the information we want,need and the mean time...all we can do is the best we can in our support of the Canes...after isn't that what we are here for ?

Go Canes !!!

The ice

What was up with the ice last night? Guys from both teams were falling all over the place and there were way more bouncing pucks than normal. Any inside word/guesses?

Good point earned

Getting a point on the road is respectable. Giving the 'Hawks 2 points is meaningless in the Eastern Conference race. The Canes played well against a rather good team in their own barn. No complaints here.

A tough & good game

saw a few thngs but over all the canes have nothing (as players) to be sad about. True the Blackhawks are a "younger" team...but players like cole,brindy and LaRose showed that skill and experience are better many times over speed and youth. But still a tough someone from the hawks had done their homework on Ward's style during shootouts...

now if the puck hadn't rolled on samsonov...who knows...

and seeing that Miss Rachel posted this...could mean that Chip was at home watching the game or someplace else...hmmm seeing that the Maclatchy group recently downsized ( yet again)..maybe that's why what travel we as fans would expect...isn't allowed or permited anymore...when you have the likes of Forslund,Tracy & Chuck K so in rality...who would really need to physically go ? not saying it's NOT a good thing as it would be...but as things are...don't see this situation changing much if at all or ever...

Go Canes !

Another mostly AP story.

Another mostly AP story.

who cares?

who cares?

It's the slippery slope.

It's the slippery slope. Follow what's going on at McClatchy corporate and how the next round of cuts will impact the N&O (or, should I call it the Charlotte/Raleigh Observer).

    which do you



which do you prefer- charleigh or ralotte observer?


have been in the decline in general with the widespread info available on the internet.  The AP story was about as detailed as Chip could have given without being there anyway.

Thank YOU!

I am still scratching my head as to why anybody cares who is writing the story.  Isn't that what the AP wire is for? Not sure what people expect with the economy the way it is.

they can't complain about the team

or the front office right now so they whine about the newspaper coverage...

This has nothing to do with

This has nothing to do with the team or the front office, and I'm not a chronic whiner. As to AP stories, one never knows what's going to come down the wire; AP coverage is usually perfunctory and gives minimal insights into the Canes play, what went on in the locker room before and after the game, and what was in the coaches' minds. That type of reporting requires time and it requires familiarity with the organization and a degree of trust and acceptance from the organization -- something an anonymous AP writer doesn't always get.

The problem here is not so much the economy as bad management by McClatchy corporate, which went on an ill-advised shopping spree and took on far too much debt to expand by acquiring papers like the N&O. Yes the economy stinks and newspaper ad revenues are falling, but McClatchy shot themselves in the foot too.

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