Blackhawks notes: Night of milestones as Hawks top Canes

Blackhawks notes: Night of milestones as Hawks top Canes
October 15, 2013, 10:00 pm
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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Chicago Blackhawks have many milestones in their long history. They added another one on Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks collected their 2,500th franchise win on Tuesday night when they beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, at PNC Arena. It was a big night for the Blackhawks, from Patrick Sharp scoring his 200th career goal to the team’s 2,500th victory to their triumph in Carolina for the first time since Jan. 14, 1998.

Like so many franchises, the Blackhawks have had their ups and downs. Their lean years seem a distant memory, however, with recent success. Two Stanley Cups in the salary-cap era, consistent playoff appearances and an enviable core of players has them among the league’s elite, and it could be that way for a while.

“The guys have had some major accomplishments the last few years,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I’m fortunate to be in Chicago, for sure. Great tradition, great history, and having the success has been fun.”

[MORE: Sharp scores 200th, shootout winner as Hawks top Hurricanes]

Getting there

Marian Hossa got his second goal of the season on Tuesday night, a backhand shot that came a few seconds after the Blackhawks’ power play ended. Hossa had a major back injury in the Cup final last June, and he’s had to do extra stretching and be extra careful with it this season. He said earlier this season that he’s still working on his timing, but it looks like it’s coming back.

“It’s definitely nice to get the puck in the net. But my worries about my timing, I know the production will come,” he said. “I just have to play more games, have to be in the right position at the right time and it’ll come. It’ll come eventually.”

Briefly

— The Blackhawks are now 4-0-1 against their Eastern Conference opponents this season.

— Niklas Hjalmarsson a team-high seven blocked shots for the Blackhawks, who had 26 total. Brent Seabrook had five.

— Brandon Bollig was credited with six hits.