Blackhawks beat Hurricanes for 2,500th win
APRALEIGH, North Carolina -- The Chicago Blackhawks claimed the 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 after a shootout on Tuesday, with Patrick Sharp scoring the shootout winner.
October 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Among other games, Colorado held off Dallas and improved to 6-0, Ottawa's Jason Spezza scored a hat trick to lead the Senators back to beat Phoenix, and San Jose downed St. Louis in a clash of two previously unbeaten teams.
Chicago's Sharp and Marian Hossa scored 2:22 apart in the first period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, only for Carolina to rally in the third period with goals from Alexander Semin and Ron Hainsey.
Sharp's shootout goal combined with Corey Crawford three saves in the tiebreaker to give the Blackhawks their milestone victory. They became the last of the Original Six teams to reach the 2,500-win mark.
Colorado's Matt Duchene scored twice as the Avalanche kept up its winning start with a 3-2 win over Dallas.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 39 shots and Jan Hejda also scored as the Avs, who moved within a win of tying the franchise's best start. It was 7-0 in 1985-86 as the Quebec Nordiques.
By winning six straight, Patrick Roy ties the NHL record for victories to start a coaching career. He shares the mark with Mario Tremblay, who won his first six games with Montreal in 1995-96, a team Roy played in.
Ottawa's Cory Conacher scored 2:48 into overtime to complete the Senators 4-3 comeback win over Phoenix.
The Coyotes took a 2-0 lead on quick goals by Rob Klinkhammer and Radim Vrbata in the second period, but the Senators rallied via Jason Spezza's fifth career hat trick.
Mike Ribeiro then tied it with just over three minutes left with his first goal of the season.
Conacher came up with the winner, setting up in front and one-timing Marc Methot's pass from the left circle.
San Jose's Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists to help the Sharks down St. Louis 3-2.
Toronto's Mason Raymond scored twice as the Maple Leafs beat Minnesota 4-1, improving to 6-1-0 to continue their best start since 1993.
Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin netted on a power-play goal 7:20 into the third period to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over Edmonton.