HUR­RI­CANES CON­TINUE SURGE, BEAT BLACK­HAWKS

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raleigh, n.c.» Some­one dif­fer­ent al­ways seems to step up to keep the Hur­ri­canes rolling on home ice. This time it was Jay McCle­ment.

McCle­ment scored the key goal 2:54 into the third pe­riod and the Hur­ri­canes beat the Black­hawks 3-2 on Fri­day night.

Elias Lind­holm and Lee Stemp­niak scored early goals 1:05 apart to give the Hur­ri­canes a 2-1 lead, and they held on to earn a point in their 11th straight home game.

“We’re ob­vi­ously gain­ing con­fi­dence, and we’ve done that the last lit­tle while,” McCle­ment said. “I think we’re kind of fir­ing on all cylin­ders at home. We’ve just got to con­tinue to do that on the road.”

They’re 10-0-1 at PNC Arena since Nov. 12, and McCle­ment be­came the sev­enth Carolina player with a game-winning goal dur­ing that stretch.

“We’re learn­ing as we go, and then find­ing dif­fer­ent guys step­ping up each and ev­ery night,” coach Bill Peters said.

Michal Kempny had a goal and an as­sist, and Vin­nie Hi­nos­troza added a de­flected goal 5:49 into the third for the Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Black­hawks, who had their four-game road winning streak snapped while also los­ing their fourth in five games over­all.

FRI­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

Ju­use Saros made 25 saves for his first ca­reer shutout, Filip Fors­berg got a goal and an as­sist and the Preda­tors beat the Blues 4-0. Yan­nick We­ber, Viktor Arvids­son and Colin Wil­son also scored, and Saros won his sec­ond ca­reer road game. The Preda­tors have won three of their four meet­ings against the Blues this sea­son and snapped a fiveg­ame los­ing streak on the road against St. Louis. Mike Ribeiro had a pair of as­sists to run his points streak against the Blues to five games. Jake Allen al­lowed three goals on 14 shots be­fore giv­ing way to Carter Hut­ton to start the third as the Blues fell to 14-3-4 at home. They en­tered the game with points in 16 of their last 17 at the Scot­trade Cen­ter. The Blues out­shot the Preda­tors 9-6 in the first pe­riod but couldn’t con­vert on a pair of power plays. Saros stopped Jaden Schwartz’s shot from the slot on the Blues’ first man ad­van­tage and fol­lowed that with a blocker save on Vladimir Tarasenko. Saros kept the Blues off the board with a glove save on Robby Fab­bri’s shot with five min­utes left in the sec­ond.

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