Hurricanes extend point streak with victory against Blackhawks


RALIEGH, N.C. — Nino Niederreiter had two goals and an assist for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena on Friday.

Martin Necas and Jaccob Slavin each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes (11-3-1), who are 4-0-1 in their past five games. James Reimer made 26 saves.

Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks (9-6-4), who had won three in a row. Kevin Lankinen made 33 saves.

Carolina scored the first two of its three third-period goals on the power play.

Necas put the Hurricanes ahead 3-2 at 2:28. Lankinen got a glove on the shot by Necas, but the rebound deflected high in the air and went in off defenseman Calvin de Haan‘s back.

Niederrreiter drove the net and scored off a backhand touch pass from Jesper Fast to make it 4-2 at 15:04.

Slavin scored into an empty net at 16:46 for a 5-2 lead.

Carl Soderberg scored on a deflection of a Kane shot on the power play with 51 seconds remaining for the 5-3 final.

Niederreiter put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at 15:22 of the first period when he took a pass from Slavin and scored on a wrist shot that deflected off defenseman Nikita Zadorov‘s leg.

Vincent Trocheck made it 2-0 at 4:03 of the second period with a one-timer from the slot off a backhand pass from Jake Bean. Niederreiter got his 300th NHL point with an assist.

Kane scored at 16:39 to make it 2-1. Skating in 1-on-1 against defenseman Brett Pesce, Kane made a spin move in the right face-off circle and lifted a backhand inside the left post.

Ian Mitchell scored with a wrist shot from the high slot on a delayed penalty to tie it 2-2 with 11 seconds remaining in the period.

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