By Joedy McCreary AP Sports Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — RALEIGH, N.C. — Patrick Sharp always seems to leave Raleigh with some souvenirs for his family.
Sharp scored in the shootout after scoring his 200th career goal, helping the Chicago Blackhawks claim the 2,500th regular-season victory in club history with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
In one of his last visits here, he earned a car for being selected as MVP of the 2011 All-Star game and gave it to his brother.
His parents get the puck from the milestone goal. The stick and puck from the shootout are gifts for his new daughter, Sadie, who was born Sunday night.
“It’s been a good building,” Sharp quipped.
For Sharp, sure. But not for the Blackhawks — they hadn’t won at PNC Arena until this one.
The defending Stanley Cup champions sure looked well on their way to an easy win early when Sharp and Marian Hossa scored 2 minutes, 22 seconds apart in the first period. But that 2-0 lead slipped away in the third before their third straight victory came in the tiebreaker.
After Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews came up empty, Sharp skated in slow on Cam Ward before beating him with a slick forehand in the third round.
“I haven’t been very good in the shootout the last couple of years, and kind of looked at that over the summer and thought of possible moves — talked to Kaner a little bit,” Sharp said. “I don’t have hands like Kaner, so the slower I go, the better mine get.”
Corey Crawford then stuffed Jeff Skinner with his pads to end it, making the Blackhawks — who have won the Cup twice since 2010 — the last of the Original Six to reach the 2,500-win mark.