CHICAGO – Goals by Andrei Svechnikov, Jaccob Slavin, Phillip Di Giuseppe and Calvin de Haan gave Carolina a four-goal lead early in the second period and the Hurricanes held on for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night that spoiled the NHL coaching debut of Jeremy Colliton.
Colliton became the 38th coach of the Blackhawks on Tuesday after Joel Quenneville was fired after 10 seasons with Chicago. Quenneville ranked second in NHL history with 890 regular-season victories.
Despite the coaching switch, Chicago got off to a sluggish, mistake-filled start and saw its winless streak reach six straight (0-5-1.)
Patrick Kane, David Kampf and Nick Schmaltz scored for the Blackhawks after they fell behind 4-0 in a quiet United Center.
Colliton, who was promoted from Chicago's American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Illinois, is the NHL's youngest head coach at 33.
Lucas Wallmark had two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a five-game slide in the finale of a four-game road trip.
Scott Darling, traded to Carolina by the Blackhawks in April 2017, made 35 saves in his third start this season.
Chicago's Corey Crawford blocked 30 shots as he faced ample tough chances set up by breakdowns in front of him.
Carolina led 3-0 after the first period.
Svechnikov opened the scoring 4:46 in, Slavin scored his second goal in two games to make it 2-0 during a power play at 9:09 and Di Giuseppe increased the lead to 3-0 with 4:07 left in the first.
Crawford chopped his stick on the crossbar and broke it after de Haan scored from just outside the crease 1:20 into the second to extend Carolina's lead to 4-0.
Kane cut it to 4-1 just over three minutes later, Kampf was credited with a deflection at 10:53 of the period that cut it to 4-2 and Schmaltz narrowed it to 4-3 at 3:33 of the third.