Hurricanes overwhelm Blackhawks
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.
Chicago has lost three of four after winning 12 in a row. The Hurricanes improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games and completed a season sweep of the Blackhawks.
"It was pretty evident right from the beginning that we were in trouble tonight," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We lost every single puck battle, every single race."
•JETS ROLL: Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick and Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and an assist, leading the Jets to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Coyotes. Blake Wheeler added three assists for Winnipeg.
•PREDATORS CLIMB: James Neal broke a tie with 4:44 left in the third period, giving the visiting Predators a 2-1 victory over the Canucks. Nashville moved to one point behind wild-card leaders Minnesota and Colorado.
•AVS' STREAK ENDS: Power-play goals by Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward 50 seconds apart in the second period sparked the Sharks to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Avalanche, ending Colorado's four-game win streak.
•HAB-NOTS: The Canadiens lost 5-2 to the Blue Jackets, falling to 2-8 in their past 10 home games and 1-6-1 in their past eight overall.
•THEY LIKE 'EICH': Standout rookie Jack Eichel scored twice to erase a one-goal deficit and the Sabres came back to beat the host Senators 3-2.
•NOTES: GM Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season. … The NHL suspended Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program. … The Panthers signed center Aleksander Barkov to a six-year contract extension worth $35 million.