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Blackhawks halt long drought vs. Hurricanes

Mar 12, 2009 - 4:50 AM
CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Rookie Kris Versteeg scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks ended a long winless drought against the Carolina Hurricanes with a 3-2 triumph on Wednesday.

Versteeg and Troy Brouwer tallied in regulation and Cristobal Huet made 29 saves for the Blackhawks, who topped the Hurricanes for the first time since April 3, 1999. Chicago went 0-6-1 with one tie in its previous eight meetings with Carolina.

"Both teams played hard and played well," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was an intense game, so I'm pleased with how we fought our way back in it."

Captain Rod Brind'Amour and Tuomo Ruutu netted goals for the Hurricanes, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Both players extended their goal-scoring streaks to three contests.

"We didn't play very well, but a point is better than nothing," Brind'Amour said. "We won't win many games playing like this, so we were lucky to get a point out of it."

The Blackhawks, who have not lost three straight in regulation this season, were just 27 seconds away from denying the Hurricanes of a point. But with goaltender Cam Ward pulled for an extra attacker during a late power play, Ruutu received a pass from below the left faceoff circle by Ray Whitney and beat Huet from the slot to forge a 2-2 tie.

"When you have a man advantage and you also pull the goalie, you just get the puck on the net," Ruutu said. "We got it to go in."

Both netminders came up huge in overtime, as Ward stopped 2008 Calder Trophy winner Patrick Kane on a breakaway with 43 seconds remaining and Huet duplicated the feat against Eric Staal with four seconds to go.

Neither goalie was able to stop the puck over the first two rounds of the shootout. Captain Jonathan Toews and Kane scored for Chicago, while Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen tallied for Carolina.

Dave Bolland put a backhander off the left goalpost on the Blackhawks' third attempt, and Huet denied Matt Cullen's shot in the third round. But Versteeg beat Ward high to the glove side on Chicago's next try, and Huet got his glove on former Blackhawk Sergei Samsonov's shot to seal the win.

"I just went down there and shot it," Versteeg said. "I didn't try to think too much. If you overhandle the puck on bad ice, it can get away or you can fumble it, so I kept it simple and it worked out."

"I just came out at the end, and I was fortunate that he missed the net," Huet said. "Their team is good in the shootout, but our guys made some good shots."

Making his 16th consecutive start, Ward turned aside 39 shots for Carolina (36-27-6), which moved one point ahead of idle Florida (34-24-9) for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

"Our goalie played great," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "But we spent too much time in the (penalty) box. They had more energy. Nothing was good or smooth tonight. It was an ugly game for us."

Brind'Amour opened the scoring at 5:24 of the first period, converting a cross-slot pass from Samsonov while alone below the right circle. But Versteeg beat Ward with a wrist shot from the left circle during a 2-on-1 rush with 2:52 remaining in the second to tie it at 1-1.

With the Blackhawks on the power play early in the third, Kane grabbed a carom off the end boards behind the net and came out near the right post before getting the puck to Brouwer, who buried it from the left side at 4:51 for his 10th goal of the season and a 2-1 advantage.

"We were down, but we've dug ourselves out of holes before," Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook said. "So it was key to just keep getting pucks at the net and keeping things simple."






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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 1 0 1 0 (2) 2
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 0 (3) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 11 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, PATRICK EAVES)
    5:24
    2ND PRD: CHI - KRIS VERSTEEG 18 (DUNCAN KEITH) 17:08
    3RD PRD: CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 10 (PATRICK KANE, CAM

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 1 0 1 0 2
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 0 2 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 11 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, PATRICK EAVES)
    5:24
    2ND PRD: CHI - KRIS VERSTEEG 18 (DUNCAN KEITH) 17:08
    3RD PRD: CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 10 (PATRICK KANE, CAM BARKER

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 1 0 1 2
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 11 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, PATRICK EAVES)
    5:24
    2ND PRD: CHI - KRIS VERSTEEG 18 (DUNCAN KEITH) 17:08
    3RD PRD: CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 10 (PATRICK KANE, CAM BARKER) 4:51
    CAR - (PP) TUOMO

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    CAROLINA 2
    CHICAGO 2
    3RD PRD: CAR - (PP) TUOMO RUUTU 21 (RAY WHITNEY, ERIC STAAL) 19:33

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    CAROLINA 1
    CHICAGO 2
    3RD PRD: CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 10 (PATRICK KANE, CAM BARKER) 4:51

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 1 0 1
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 11 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, PATRICK EAVES)
    5:24
    2ND PRD: CHI - KRIS VERSTEEG 18 (DUNCAN KEITH) 17:08
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 1
    CHICAGO 1
    2ND PRD: CHI - KRIS VERSTEEG 18 (DUNCAN KEITH) 17:08

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 1 1
    CHICAGO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 11 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, PATRICK EAVES)
    5:24
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAR 8 8
    CHI 14 14
    GOALIES: CAR - CAM WARD


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    CAROLINA 1
    CHICAGO 0
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 11 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, PATRICK EAVES)
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