Hurricanes rally, pad lead in Central with win against Blackhawks

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen each scored three points, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to extend their point streak to 12 in a 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Svechnikov had two goals and an assist, Teravainen had a goal and two assists, and Nino Niedereitter scored two goals for the Hurricanes (36-10-7), who have won five games in a row and are 9-0-3 in their past 12.

Petr Mrazek made 27 saves to win his return after missing seven games with a lower-body injury.

Alex DeBrinkat scored twice, and Mike Hardman scored his first NHL goal for the Blackhawks (22-25-6), who have lost six in a row (0-5-1), including 5-2 here Monday. Collin Delia, in his first start since Jan. 17, made 22 saves.

Chicago led 2-0 after the first period.

Svechnikov took a pass from Teravainen in the neutral zone and scored with a backhand on a breakaway to put Carolina up 3-2 at 4:08 of the third period.

Sebastian Aho set up Teravainen in the slot for a 4-2 lead at 7:19.

DeBrinkat made it 4-3 on a wrist shot from above the right face-off circle at 11:52, but Martin Necas scored shorthanded into an empty net with 2:37 left to make it 5-3.

Niederreiter scored another empty-net goal with 1:31 remaining for the 6-3 final.

The teams will play the last of a three-game series here Thursday.

DeBrincat stole the puck from Aho along the boards in the Blackhawks zone and scored shorthanded on a breakaway to make it 1-0 at 6:20 of the first period. It extended his goal streak to four games (five goals).

Mrazek made the save against MacKenzie Entwistle off the rush, but Hardman scored on the rebound to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at 12:32. It was Hardman’s fifth NHL game.

The assist was Entwistle’s first NHL point in his second game.

Niederreiter cut it to 2-1 at 4:32 of the second period. Morgan Geekie tried to lift the puck on his stick behind the net before sending a backhand pass to Niederreiter at the top of the crease.

Svechnikov scored on a shot that redirected off Nikita Zadorov‘s stick to tie the game 2-2 at 15:56.

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