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Blackhawks beat Hurricanes to claim 2,500th win

AP, RALEIGH, North Carolina

Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks claimed their 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored 2 minutes, 22 seconds apart in the first period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who blew a 2-0 lead in the third before winning in the tiebreaker.

Corey Crawford finished with 32 saves, then stopped three Carolina shooters in the shootout.

After Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews came up empty, Sharp beat Cam Ward with a nifty forehand in the third round.

Crawford then stuffed Jeff Skinner to end it, making the Blackhawks the last of the Original Six to reach the 2,500-win mark.

Alexander Semin and Ron Hainsey scored during Carolina’s third-period rally.

Ward stopped 34 shots for Carolina.

AVALANCHE 3, STARS 2

In Denver, Matt Duchene scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 39 shots, helping Colorado hold off Dallas and improve to 6-0 in Patrick Roy’s first season on the bench.

Jan Hejda also scored as the Avs moved within a win of tying the franchise’s best start. The organization was 7-0 in 1985-1986 as the Quebec Nordiques.

By winning six straight, 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 1995-1996, a team Roy played for before being traded to the Avalanche later that season.

Rich Peverley and Cody Eakin had goals for the Stars, who outshot the Avs 41-26 in dropping their second straight game on the road.

SENATORS 4, COYOTES 3, OT

In Glendale, Arizona, Cory Conacher scored at 2:48 of overtime, while Jason Spezza completed a natural hat-trick to erase a two-goal deficit as Ottawa ended a four-game losing streak with their win over Phoenix.

Phoenix took a 2-0 lead on quick goals by Rob Klinkhammer and Radim Vrbata in the second period, but the Senators rallied behind Spezza’s fifth hat-trick.

Mike Ribeiro tied it with just over three minutes left with his first goal of the season, redirecting a shot by Oliver Ekman-Larsson on a power play to send the game to overtime.

Conacher ended the game by setting up in front and one-timing Marc Methot’s pass from the left circle past a diving Mike Smith.

In other NHL action, it was:

‧ Sharks 6, Blues 2

‧ Maple Leafs 4, Wild 1

‧ Penguins 3, Oilers 2

‧ Canucks 3, Flyers 2

‧ Sabres 4 Islanders 3, SO

‧ Canadiens 3, Jets 0

‧ Lightning 5, Kings 1

‧ Red Wings 2, Blue Jackets 1

‧ Predators 4, Panthers 3

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