The Chicago Blackhawks (4-4-4) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (6-2-0) in a wild Thursday night tilt.
Carolina wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. Just 1:15 in, Sebastian Aho found the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Dougie Hamilton got his fifth assist and Andrei Svechnikov got his third helper on the first tally of the game. Just 25 seconds later, Haydn Fleury went to the box for hooking and the Blackhawks cashed in. Mattias Janmark went forehand-backhand to tie the game at one, and continue the red-hot power play threat. Dominik Kubalik and Philipp Kurashev got their seventh and second assists, respectively on the goal.
Later in the frame, Martin Necas put the Blackhawks back on the power play after he tripped Ian Mitchell. Kubalik slammed home another goal on the man advantage for his third goal of the year. Nicolas Beaudin earned his first NHL assist along with Janmark’s fourth of the season.
With just seven seconds left in the opening period, the Blackhawks lit the lamp for their third power play goal of the game. Patrick Kane and Kubalik assisted on Andrew Shaw’s second of the year. 3–1 Hawks after 20 minutes of play. Shots were 13-5 in favor of Chicago.
The hurricanes came out swinging in the middle frame as Nino Niederreiter scored just 42 seconds in to the period to make it 3–2. His fourth goal of the year was assisted by Jaccob Slavin. Carolina tied it just eight ticks later on Svechnikov’s sixth tally from Hamilton. The Blackhawks were dominated during the middle 20 minutes with the shots being 17-9 in favor of Carolina. Kevin Lankinen made a few timely saves to keep the game tied. Chicago had a power play chance that yielded some good looks, but they couldn’t find the back of the net. Total shots on goal were even at 22 after 40 minutes.
There was more action early in the period. Kane took a hooking penalty just seven seconds in, but the Hurricanes weren’t able to capitalize despite hitting the goal post. Kane made up for his mishap with a one-handed goal that required a review, but gave the Hawks a 4–3 lead. His sixth goal of the year was helped by Carl Soderberg’s assist and first point as a Blackhawk.
Carolina countered with a nice setup from Aho to Brock McGinn for his second of the season, which tied the game at 4–4. Later, at the 12:22 mark, Alex DeBrincat chipped home his third of the year from Pius Suter and Kane to retake the lead for the Blackhawks, 5–4. With time winding down and James Reimer on the bench for the Canes, Kane earned his fourth point of the night, sending DeBrincat to the empty net for his second goal of the night. This put a stamp on the game, 6–4 the final from the United Center.
The three stars of the game were Alex DeBrincat, Dominik Kubalik, and Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks, who continued their hot streak on the power play, will get a few days off before traveling to Dallas to take on the Stars at 2:00 p.m. CST on Sunday. Be sure to follow Four Feathers Podcast for everything Blackhawks as the season moves along.