The Blackhawks dropped the first of three straight meetings with the league-leading Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night, 5-2, and in the process were officially eliminated from playoff contention this season.
Ian Mitchell and Alex DeBrincat scored the goals for Chicago while Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia split the duties in goal, Delia stopping all 19 shots he faced in relief.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: In his first NHL appearance since the season's third game on Jan. 17, Delia went 19-for-19 on shots faced over the final 30 minutes of action.
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CHI: 0, CAR: 1
1st - 6:33 - Dougie Hamilton (Vincent Trocheck, Warren Foegele)
The Hurricanes opened the scoring in the first period off a bounce from distance. Dougie Hamilton threw a puck from the corner towards the net that deflected off the pad of Malcolm Subban and in for a 1-0 advantage.
CHI: 0, CAR: 2
1st - 13:34 - Martin Necas (Vincent Trocheck, Jake Bean)
Carolina doubled the lead later in the frame as Martin Necas put a point shot through a Nino Niederreiter screen in front that Malcolm Subban never saw coming. The shot rang off the post, banked off Subban's pad and deflected in for a 2-0 Hurricanes score.
CHI: 0, CAR: 3
2nd - 4:42 - Sebastian Aho (Andrei Svechnikov, Brady Skjei)
The scoring continued in the second period as Andrei Svechnikov turned on the jets in the neutral zone to create a 2-on-1, got a stick check from lone defender Wyatt Kalynuk and slid a pass over to Sebastian Aho at the backdoor for the one-time tally, 3-0.
CHI: 0, CAR: 4
2nd - 9:52 - Sebastian Aho (Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Staal) -- PPG
Carolina made it a 4-0 game just before the midpoint of the game as Sebastian Aho netted his second of the game and period. The centerman found himself open in front on the man advantage and directed a Dougie Hamilton point shot skyward over the shoulder of Malcolm Subban, ending the netminder's evening in the process as Collin Delia stepped in.
CHI: 1, CAR: 4
2nd - 18:35 - Ian Mitchell (Dylan Strome, Dominik Kubalik)
The Blackhawks got on the board before the second intermission as Ian Mitchell powered home a feed from Dylan Strome from the top of the circle with a one-timer. Strome picked up the puck off a Dominik Kubalik dump in and found the late-trailing Mitchell from behind the goal line to make it a 4-1 game.
Video: CHI@CAR: Mitchell fires a one-timer into the twine
CHI: 2, CAR: 4
3rd - 14:38 - Alex DeBrincat (Dominik Kubalik)
Alex DeBrincat cut the lead to two late in the contest, showcasing neutral-zone speed of his own, turing the corner on a 2-on-1 and buring a quick chance past Alex Nedeljkovic for the 4-2 score.
Video: CHI@CAR: DeBrincat scores in 3rd period
CHI: 2, CAR: 5
3rd - 18:44 - Sebastian Aho
Sebastian Aho put the game away with an empty netter to complete his hat trick on the night, 5-2.