NHL: The Hurricanes bury the Blackhawks again to stay atop the standings
Raleigh, North Carolina - The Carolina Hurricanes overpowered the Chicago Blackhawks again for their fifth straight win on Tuesday night.
The Canes had a tougher time compared to their last meeting just a night before, but they did get another impressive win, 6-3.
Tuesday's game was the second of three straight between these two teams, with both squads having only three regular-season games remaining on their respective schedules. While the Blackhawks are officially out of playoff contention, the Hurricanes are playing to keep prime placement in the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.
The first period was rather forgettable for the Canes, as they allowed two unanswered goals by the Hawks. That all turned around when Carolina took control with two of their own in the second, including one of two goals scored by Andrei Svechnikov (21). Tack on two more in the third, and the Canes were looking to take the 4-2 lead right on home.
However, Chicago wouldn't go away quietly with a third goal scored by Alex DeBrincat, his second of the night. That made the Canes snap back to life and they got two insurance goals just a few minutes later to seal the win. Nino Niederreiter was in on the fun with two goals, the first and last ones scored for Carolina in the game.
Teuvo Teravainen scored a goal and had two assists, while Martin Necas also contributed with a goal and assist of his own for Carolina.
For the Blackhawks, Mike Hardman was the only other player who scored. Patrick Kane also helped out with two assists on the night.
Both the Canes and Hawks go at it one last time this season, with another rematch on Thursday, once again in Carolina.
Around the NHL
Thanks to a shootout, the Sabres got a second-straight surprising win against the Islanders 4-3. And the Devils gave the Bruins a surprise of their own, winning over Boston in overtime 4-3.
The Penguins gave the Flyers a taste of their own medicine in their rematch thanks to Sidney Crosby's three points, winning 7-3. And up north, the Oilers were just too much for the Canucks as they won 4-1.
On Wednesday, the Stars are down in Tampa to face-off against the Lightning, while the Avalanche take on the Sharks.
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