By Brian MunzCBS Sports Carolina Panthers forward Dan Hamhuis scored a goal in the shootout to give the Panthers a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
Cam Ward scored his first career hat trick and Erik Gudbranson gave Carolina a 2-1 lead on a power play.
The Panthers led 2-0 at the 7:52 mark of the second period when Cam Ward scored from the slot to make it 3-1.
Ward had a nice rebound on the play and fired a slap shot to the net past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to make the score 3-0.
Cam was not finished, though, as he took a penalty shot on Crawford that beat Crawford to the puck in the slot.
Cam’s goal made it 4-0, and the Panthers added a goal each from Cam Ward and Erik Gobert in the next period to push their lead to 4-1 before the Blackhawks pulled goaltender Jonathan Quick from the game after just 11:10 of action.
Chicago’s goal came on a penalty kick when Jonathan Quick was called for a high stick in the second stanza.
Cam then had another one in the third period when he scored on a slapshot to make things 4-2.
Ward then made it 5-2 on a nice power play at the 9:08 mark of stoppage time, when Cam scored his second goal of the season to make his score 5-3.
Cam scored his third goal of a hat trick, his fourth of the year, on a wrist shot by Ward, his sixth of the playoffs.
Cam is currently tied for fifth in the NHL with nine shorthanded goals, and his 11 assists in 17 playoff games are second-most in the league.
He is tied for second in the League with two shorthanded assists and has a goal and two assists in five games.
Cam and Erik are the only players in the history of the Panthers to each score at least two goals in a playoff game, and they have the only goals in overtime or shootout this postseason.
Cam has scored in back-to-back playoff games in six of the past seven years, the longest such streak in NHL history.
Cam leads the NHL in points with 39, and he has also registered five multi-point games.
Erik is third in points at 34, and Cam has one goal and one assist in his past four games.
Cam leads the Panthers with nine goals in 23 games and has 13 points (seven goals, five assists) in his last 11 games.
Dan HamhuISNEXT GAME: The Panthers open the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET.