The Blackhawks attempted to rally from a multi-goal deficit for the second time in a week's span, but couldn't overcome a 3-0 hole as they fell to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, 4-2. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and is just the second regulation defeat in the month of November.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane had two primary assists in Chicago's third-period comeback bid.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Kane pushed his current point streak to 10 games (8G, 11A) for the sixth time in his career, and improved his Nov. 19 scoring to one goal and six assists in six career games on his birthday.
UP NEXT: Chicago wraps up a three-game homestand on Thursday as the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the United Center (TICKETS).
The Hurricanes got on the board in the first after an collision at the Canes blue line forced a Blackhawks turnover as a puck under Erik Gustafsson popped out into the neutral zone, leading to a 2-on-0 for Martin Necas and Nino Niederreiter. The latter fed the former for a 1-0 lead at 14:24.
In the opening minute of the middle frame, Carolina would double the lead as an Andrei Svechnikov shot deflected off defenseman Brent Seabrook and past Robin Lehner in goal at 0:53 of the second.
After playing setup man on the opening goal, Niederreiter found the net himself, holding off a back-checking Gustafsson a breakaway and sliding to his backhand to beat Lehner for a 3-0 lead at 11:54 of the second.
The Hawks began their comeback bid with just under eight to play in the final period, as Kane found Gustafsson in the slot off a rush from the half wall, and the defenseman scored his third of the season to pull within 3-1 at 12:05.
Just 70 seconds later, it was Kane again, finding Connor Murphy for his first of the season. Kirby Dach chipped the puck into the neutral zone for Kane, who pulled up on the nearside boards before once again finding a trailing defenseman in Murphy to make it a 3-2 game at 13:15 of the third.
Chicago pulled Lehner for the extra attacker with just over two minutes to play, but was unable to find the late equalizer to cap off the comeback as Sebastian Aho found the empty cage at 19:42 to make it 4-2.