Hurricanes Rally to Beat Blackhawks


Chicago Blackhawks’ MacKenzie Entwistle (58) skates the puck after taking it away from Carolina Hurricanes’ Nino Niederreiter (21) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina’s top line is rolling now with Teuvo Teravainen back from a lengthy absence.

It’s a key reason why the Hurricanes are surging toward the postseason in pursuit of the Presidents’ Trophy.

Andrei Svechnikov ended an eight-game goal drought by scoring twice in Carolina’s 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, keeping the Hurricanes in control of the race for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Svechnikov also had an assist on Teravainen’s third-period goal for the Hurricanes, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Teravainen also had a three-point game, assisting on both of Svechnikov’s goals. The line’s third member, Sebastian Aho, followed his hat trick in Monday’s win against the Blackhawks with a pair of third-period assists to push his point streak to nine games.

It’s a reminder of just how good Carolina’s top line can be now that Teravainen is back after missing 32 of 33 because of a concussion.

“They’re not the biggest, not the most physical line,” said Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who had two assists. “But their hockey sense is through the roof and obviously their skill is with the best of them.”

Nino Niederreiter scored twice and joined Martin Necas with an empty-net goal to clinch this one, while Petr Mrazek finished with 27 saves in his first appearance in nearly two weeks after suffering a lower-body injury.

Carolina won its fifth straight game and claimed at least a point for the 12th straight outing.

“It wasn’t a great game tonight,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We got by with a lot of good efforts. The talent we have on the team kind of won us this game, but it wasn’t pretty.”

Alex DeBrincat scored twice for the Blackhawks, who were eliminated from the playoff race with Monday’s 5-2 loss here. This was Chicago’s sixth straight loss.

The Blackhawks jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead when DeBrincat got loose on a short-handed breakaway, followed by the first NHL goal for Mike Hardman.

That lead wouldn’t hold, as Niederreiter and Svechnikov each scored in the second period — followed by the Hurricanes rolling to four third-period goals. Necas’ goal proved critical to closing this one out, as he scored from nearly center ice only seconds after the Blackhawks had pulled Collin Delia on a late power play facing a 4-3 deficit.

“We’re learning some hard lessons for sure,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “We want to win hockey games. We want to find 60 minutes of consistency, and that’s where we’re at.”

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