The defending Stanley Cup Champions came to Raleigh to face a Hurricane franchise that has had some success against teams trying to defend the Cup. Carolina had a 7-1-1 record against reigning champs and through the first period it appeared that record would be adding another mark in the loss column. Patrick Sharp opened the scoring with his first of the year and 200th of his career when he got behind the Carolina defense and was one-on-one with goalie Cam Ward. Minutes later Marian Hossa extended the Chicago lead when he dumped a rebound behind a diving Cam Ward. Carolina managed only 5 shots on Corey Crawford in the period and he handled all 5 easily.
Carolina came rolling back in the second, although they ended the period still down two goals, the momentum of the game shifted in their favor. They managed 14 shots on goal while only allowing the talented Chicago 8.
In the third period, with momentum still on their side, they pulled to within one. Corey Crawford wasn’t able to control a wrist shot from Eric Staal at the right wing circle and the rebound fell right to the stick of Alexander Semin who netted his second of the season. Later in the period Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey fired a shot at the net from the blue-line and it found its way through traffic and past Crawford.
Carolina came out firing in the third period and when they went 4 on 3 when Bryan Bickell was sent to the box for hooking it just felt as if it was more of when they would score than if. Crawford and the Chicago penalty kill stopped everything Carolina threw at them and held on to guarantee themselves a point on the road.
They added the extra point in the shootout when the third skater, Patrick Sharp, slipped one past Cam Ward on the glove side.
The Hurricanes head out on a four-game road trip with their first stop in Toronto on Thursday night.