In an all to sudden appearance to Blackhawks fans, Cam Ward shuts the Blackhawks out again on Friday night to continue his stellar play over Chicago. With the Canes win Friday night the Blackhawks now continue their losing streak in Raleigh as they have not won in the RBC Center since it opened.
The scoring opened early in the first period after a tip in goal by Tim Brent from Tim Gleason after a faceoff win. Brandon Sutter and Jiri Tlusty would later add to the scoring in the third period to finish off the Blackhawks 3-0. Cam Ward would make 30 stops in the game including a breakaway goal from ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews.
“You look at our season so far, we’ve shown some good times and shown some bad times… we we’re very solid” said Ward after the game. “I thought I was seeing the puck well tonight and it was because of the guys in front of me,” Ward said on his defense, who has been one of the main problems of the ‘Canes season thus far.
Brandon Sutter also continued his excellence on breakaways early in the third period, scoring his third breakaway goal of the season leaving the penalty box. With that goal he is now pushing for a spot in the Hurricanes shootout rotation which has been well below average the past three seasons with a 6-11 record.
With the Hurricanes win they move to 4-3-3 on the season with 11 points moving them to 6th currently in the Eastern Conference while the Blackhawks move to 5-2-2 on the season with 12 points leaving them currently at 3rd in the Western Conference.
The Hurricanes next game will be tomorrow night as they take on the Flyers. Last season the Flyers had three wins in four meetings (the only loss coming on Rod Brind’ Amour night in Raleigh) while the Blackhawks continue their road trip tomorrow night and head into Columbus in hopes of getting a win over the Blue Jackets.
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