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Hawks come back for big win against Canes

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  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by Duncan Keith (2) and Jonathan Toews (19) following a shootout during an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Chicago won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

      Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by Duncan Keith (2) and Jonathan Toews (19) following a shootout during an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Chicago won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

 
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks claimed the 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.

Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored 2:22 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.

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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, which wrapped up a winless three-game homestand against Western Conference teams but managed to earn two points during that stretch.

The Blackhawks appeared well on their way to an easy victory when they took a two-goal lead into the third.

Semin started Carolina's comeback with 16:06 left when he whipped in a rebound of Eric Staal's shot. Hainsey then tied it with 7:27 left when his blast from the blue line went through traffic -- and between defenseman Michal Roszival's legs -- on its way past Crawford.

But that was the last puck to get past the Chicago goalie.

The Blackhawks, who entered having scored more than two goals only once since the opener, scored twice in the opening minutes.

Sharp -- the MVP of the All-Star game when it was played here in 2011 -- struck first with 12:04 left. He beat defenseman Brett Bellemore to the puck to create a breakaway chance, then beat Ward to his weak spot -- high to his glove side -- for his first goal.

Hossa made it 2-0 with 9:42 left, 3 seconds after a holding penalty to Staal expired. The Hurricanes whiffed on a clearing attempt and Hossa backhanded the puck past Ward's stick from between the circles.

Chicago's lead could have been even bigger had Ward not stopped a pair of Blackhawks from point-blank range just before time expired in the second.

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