Hurricanes start fast, finish first in Chicago

Exhale

The Carolina Hurricanes won a hockey game. No, really. The Canes jumped out to a 4-0 lead and hung on for a 4-3 win over the Black Hawks in Chicago. The Canes got goals from four different players in snapping a 5-game losing streak as they head back to PNC Arena to open up a 6-game home stand Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

* Carolina jumped all over Chicago in the 1st period. Their forecheck was devastating early and it created the first goal. Andrei Svechnikov started the play behind the net forcing a turnover. Lucas Wallmark (2 assists) gathered the loose puck, fed Jordan Martinook for a quick shot from the slot. Svechnikov then fought off defenders and swept the rebound behind Corey Crawford for the 1-0 lead.

* Wallmark figured in on the second goal as well. With Carolina on the power play, Lucas passed the puck to Justin Williams behind the goal and the Captain circled out and tried to stuff it through Crawford to no avail. Then, with the puck still available, Jaccob Slavin crashed the crease and chipped it home for a 2-0 lead.

* Clark Bishop and Phil DiGiuseppe were each recalled from the Charlotte Checkers on Thursday and each played well joining Brock McGinn on a revamped fourth line. Phil made the move look good with his first goal of the year, closing out a first period with a 3-0 lead.

* Best pass of the night led to the Calvin de Haan goal in the first two minutes of the 2nd period. Sebastian Aho took a Tuevo Teravainen pass from behind the net and slid a blind, backhand pass to de Haan streaking down the slot to score his first goal in a Canes sweater.

From then, well, let’s just say it’s good the game is only 60 minutes.

* Patrick Kane, David Kampf and Nick Schmaltz each scored as the Black Hawks cut the lead to 4-3 with 16:27 left to play. Kane and Kampf’s goals came in the second, the former off the stick of Trevor van Riemsdyk after Scott Darling stopped the initial shot. The latter went off Kampf’s leg (it appeared) off a Brandon Saad shot from the high slot.

* Neither of those goals were the fault of Darling in any way. In fact, Scott was outstanding with 35 saves on the night in defeating his former club. The only blemish came on the Schmaltz goal as Darling was a little deep in his crease and was beaten cleanly from the top of the left circle.

* Wallmark, Svechnikov and Martinook was Carolina’s best line for the second straight game. Wallmark finished the road trip with four assists in the four games and was 7 of 11 in the face off circle against the Hawks. Svechnikov scored his 4th goal of the year and saved a goal with a tremendous defensive play on Kane at the side of the Canes goal. Martinook’s shot led to the first goal, but he was also part of the Canes’ penalty kill that held Chicago to just one shot on goal in two tries.

* Head coach Rod Brind’Amour’ changed out two of the defensive pairs tonight. Slavin and Brett Pesce got back together like Simon and Garfunkel. Jaccob had struggled on the road trip but was outstanding in the win and scored his second power play goal in as many games.

* The pair that stayed together was de Haan and Justin Faulk and that paid off for the Hurricanes. Other than de Haan’s first goal of the year, the duo was rock solid in their own end, finishing a combined +5 with 5 blocked shots.

* Aho and Teravainen snapped point droughts of three and four games, respectively, on the de Haan goal in the 2nd period.

* Michael Ferland told Brind’Amour that he wasn’t feeling well in the 3rd period and McGinn took the rest of his shifts on the left side of the Aho line. Aho also double shifted in the 3rd, joining Bishop and DiGiuseppe on the 4th line.

* For the first time this year the Hurricanes did not out-shoot their opponents. The Black Hawks won that category 38-34, as the Canes registered their 2nd lowest shot total of the season.

* Carolina scored a power play goal for the second straight game. Both by Slavin.

* Carolina hosts Detroit on Saturday night at PNC Arena before the Black Hawks come to town on Monday in a game that we all hope will feature Cam Ward in goal for Chicago.