RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes may have played their best overall game of the season Friday in beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 at the RBC Center.
With Cam Ward notching 30 saves for his 17th career shutout, the Canes ended their three-game winless streak.
"We got dominated in all areas of the game," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "They were the more determined team."
Brandon Sutter's goal at 5:39 of the third period gave the Canes a 2-0 lead, and Jiri Tlusty scored off a Bryan Allen pass to make it 3-0. The Canes snapped a three-game winless streak while the Blackhawks had not lost in regulation since their season opener.
"I thought there was lots of good energy," Canes coach Paul Maurice said.
Sutter took a tripping penalty at 3:33 of the third, but Ward and the Canes killed off the penalty -- Ward stopping a Patrick Kane shot. Sutter then jumped out of the box, took a pass from Jussi Jokinen, skated in from the left wing and blasted a shot past Corey Crawford.
"Usually when you step out (of the box), the last thing you're expecting is a chance like that," Sutter said. "It's always nice to get a chance like that and it's nice to bury it."
Tim Brent's first-period goal accounted for all the scoring until the third.
Brent won a faceoff in the Hawks zone, the puck going back to Gleason at the right point. Gleason unloaded a shot that nicked Brent and got past Hawks goalie Corey Crawford at 3:08 of the first period.
Canes captain Eric Staal took a stick in the face late in the first and left the ice bleeding. Kane was given the double minor for high-sticking but replays showed Dan Carcillo hit Staal just after a faceoff in the Canes' zone.
The Canes did make good use of the four minutes of power-play time, losing faceoff after faceoff. Staal did not return in the first period, but was on the bench for the start of the second with a cut on the bridge of his nose.
Staal failed to score on a penalty shot with 2:38 left in the second period. After a takeway on the Canes' penalty kill, Staal was hooked from behind by Brent Seabrook.
Staal appeared winded and got off a late forehand that Crawford blocked with his pad as Staal could not elevate the puck.
The Canes had a power play early in the second and nearly made it 2-0. Jeff Skinner rifled a rising shot from the low slot that Crawford managed to glove.
Ward then kept it 1-0 for the Canes. Catching the Canes in a line change, the Hawks' Jonathan Toews took a pass at the Carolina blue line and had a breakaway, but Ward knocked away Toews' forehand attempt.
"That was the difference right there," Sutter said of Ward's save. "If he scores that goal they probably get a little momentum. A big stop."
After the game, the Canes announced forward Brett Sutter had been reassigned to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).