Highlights: Blackhawks handle Hurricanes 3-2

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By Chris Kuc

After making plenty of news off the ice Friday, the Blackhawks still had a hockey game to play.

The defending Stanley Cup champions faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes at the United Center hoping to edge closer to the idle St. Louis Blues in the Central Division.

They did just that as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg scored to lift the Hawks past the Hurricanes 3-2. The Hawks won their second consecutive game and extended their points streak to four to pull within four points of the idle Blues.

Corey Crawford made 26 saves to earn the victory as the Hawks improved to 41-15-15 on the season. Alexander Semin had both goals for the Hurricanes, who dropped to 30-31-9. Anton Khudobin suffered the loss in goal.

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