Andrew Shaw scored two goals, and the Chicago Blackhawks held off the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Monday night.
Corey Crawford made 43 saves for the Blackhawks, who have earned a point in 18 of their past 21 games and are fourth in the Western Conference. Shaw scored in the first period and added an empty-net goal with 40 seconds left.
Patrick Sharp had a goal and assist, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville earned his 750th NHL victory. Chicago improved to 23-0 when leading after two periods.
Victor Rask cut Carolina’s deficit in half early in the second period, and Anton Khudobin made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who outshot Chicago 44-25.
Shaw and Sharp scored 1:19 apart in the first period.
Shaw netted his 11th goal of the season, one-timing Marcus Kruger’s behind-the-net pass. Sharp then scored on a rush, redirecting Marian Hossa’s pass by Khudobin.
Rask made it 2-1 at 3:54 of the second period with his 11th goal of the season. Eric Staal’s initial shot on a breakaway was stopped by Crawford, but Rask put in the rebound.
Chicago was held without a shot for the first 9:53 of the second and was being outshot 17-1 overall in the period when Khudobin made a strong save on Shaw about five minutes before intermission.
The Hurricanes outshot the Blackhawks 19-6 in the frame.
NOTES: Jonathan Toews’ assist on Sharp’s empty-net goal gave him 500 NHL points. … Crawford improved to 5-2 against Carolina. … The Blackhawks improved to 19-7-3 against Eastern Conference teams. … The Hurricanes didn’t commit a penalty, and the Blackhawks were called for one. Chicago killed off the penalty. … Quenneville has 312 victories with Chicago, 307 with St. Louis, and 131 with Colorado. … Khudobin made his fifth consecutive start for Carolina.
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