It’s becoming a familiar refrain through the first month this season: the Blackhawks struggled to find the net, resulting in another loss.
The Blackhawks were shutout 4-0 by the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon in Raleigh.
Carolina grabbed an early advantage just five seconds into a first-period power play, when Andrei Svechnikov, the No. 2 overall pick in 2018, rifled a wrist shot over a screened Corey Crawford.
From there, though, the Blackhawks took control of the play: owning the majority of shots and chances through the end of the second period. As the team’s headed to the second intermission, Natural Stat Trick’s possession data was firmly in the Blackhawks’ favor:
But none of those chances turned into goals, thanks to a stellar outing from Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek. And with just under a minute remaining in the second, the Hurricanes put together a dominant shift and cashed in when Nino Niederreiter rifled a wrist shot of his own past Crawford:
Any hopes of a Blackhawks comeback in the third period were quelled when Jordan Staal one-timed a perfect pass from Sebastian Aho into the Chicago net, making it a 3-0 Hurricanes lead — Carolina’s second power play goal of the game.
Svechnikov added his second goal of the game with one minute remaining in the third for the final tally of the game.
Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak in the win, while Chicago’s early-season struggles continued with the team’s fourth straight loss.
- Petr Mrazek (CAR) - 32 saves
- Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) - 2 goals
- Sebastian Aho (CAR) - 2 assists
The Blackhawks return to the United Center to face the Kings on Sunday night.