Hurricanes pound Blackhawks 5-0

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RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 26: Kris Versteeg #32 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck away from Artemi Panarin #72 and Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks during an NHL game at PNC Arena on January 26, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Riley Nash scored two goals, Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Tuesday night in the final game before the All-Star break for each team.

Carolina outshot the reigning Stanley Cup champions 16-5 in the first period, taking a 3-0 lead and chasing goalie Corey Crawford.

Eddie Lack made 26 saves to improve to 4-1 in his career against the Blackhawks. Crawford, replaced by Scott Darling, made 13 saves.

The Hurricanes, 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, completed a season sweep of the Blackhawks, who have lost three of their last four.