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Hurricanes Double-Up Blackhawks

Andrei Svechnikov ended an eight-game goal drought by scoring twice in Carolina's 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, keeping the Hurricanes in control of the race for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.


Svechnikov also had an assist on Teravainen's third-period goal for the Hurricanes, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Teuvo Teravainen also had a three-point game, assisting on both of Svechnikov's goals.


The line's third member, Sebastian Aho, followed his hat trick in Monday's win against the Blackhawks with a pair of third-period assists to push his point streak to nine games.


It's a reminder of just how good Carolina's top line can be now that Teravainen is back after

missing 32 of 33 because of a concussion.


Nino Niederreiter scored twice and joined Martin Necas with an empty-net goal to clinch this one, while Petr Mrazek finished with 27 saves in his first appearance in nearly two weeks after suffering a lower-body injury.


Carolina won its fifth straight game and claimed at least a point for the 12th straight outing.

Alex DeBrincat scored twice for the Blackhawks, who were eliminated from the playoff race with Monday's 5-2 loss here. This was Chicago's sixth straight loss.


The Blackhawks jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead when DeBrincat got loose on a short-handed breakaway, followed by the first NHL goal for Mike Hardman.


That lead wouldn't hold, as Niederreiter and Svechnikov each scored in the second period - followed by the Hurricanes rolling to four third-period goals. Necas' goal proved critical to closing this one out, as he scored from nearly center ice only seconds after the Blackhawks had pulled Collin Delia on a late power play facing a 4-3 deficit.


Teravainen has scored in three of five games since his return.


Carolina entered Tuesday with 77 points, two more than fellow Central Division team Florida for the NHL's best record. Vegas was third with 74 points after losing Monday at Minnesota.


Carolina was the only one of those teams in action Tuesday night on a light five-game league slate.


The teams take a day off before closing their three-game set Thursday in the Hurricanes' final home game.

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