Jay McClement scored the key goal 2:54 into the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night.
Elias Lindholm and Lee Stempniak scored early goals to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead, and they held on to earn a point in their 11th straight home game. They’re 10-0-1 at PNC Arena since Nov. 12.
Michal Kempny had a goal and an assist and Vinnie Hinostroza added a deflected goal 5:49 into the third for the Blackhawks, who had their four-game road winning streak snapped.
Cam Ward made 27 saves for Carolina, improving to 8-0-1 during the Hurricanes’ home-ice roll.
Islanders waive Halak • The New York Islanders have placed starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak on waivers.
The team announced the move at 11 a.m. Friday. Any of the NHL’s other 29 clubs could claim Halak by that same time Saturday.
One of three goalies on the Islanders’ roster, the 31-year-old Halak is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 20 games this season for the last-place Islanders.
Halak played for the Blues from 2010-2014.
NHL participation in 2018 Olympics uncertain • NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league lacks a compelling reason to have its players compete in the next Winter Olympics in South Korea.
He declined to speculate Friday on what it might take to convince a majority of the NHL’s board of governors to sway their opinions and noted the league is still waiting on the International Ice Hockey Federation to present its case while responding to concerns raised over travel and insurance costs.
The league is devising two separate schedules for the 2017-18 season, one of which would feature an Olympic break.