RALEIGH, N.C. -- Patrick Sharp finds fatherhood rewarding on and off the ice.
The Chicago Blackhawks left wing scored the winning goal in a shootout Tuesday night as the Blackhawks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at PNC Arena to win their third game in a row.
Two nights earlier, he became a father for the second time when his daughter Sadie was born.
"It's nice to score the game-winner," Sharp said. "It's nice to have two daughters and game-winners right after that."
Sharp also posted a game-winning goal nearly two years ago on the same night his first daughter was born.
He'll return to Chicago with gifts for his younger child.
"I kept the shootout puck," he said. "That's for my daughter. She gets the stick, too. ... spoiling her already."
The Hurricanes wiped out a two-goal, third-period deficit to force overtime.
Sharp and Marian Hossa scored first-period goals for the Blackhawks, who were playing only their second road game. It was Sharp's 200th career goal in 601 games.
Sharp said he had to struggle to find the right concentration level considering everything going on with his family.
"Hopefully there's a lot more than 200," Sharp said. "Now is not the time to think about that. My head wasn't really in the game. It was a special time for our family. I felt a little guilty taking off like that."
Ron Hainsey's blast from inside the blue line tied the game with 7:27 to play in regulation, accounting for his first goal with the Hurricanes. The defenseman had gone 121 games without a goal.
Alexander Semin opened Carolina's scoring earlier in the third period.
"That's a big point for us," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "Just how we played. We bounced back. The energy was there. No one panicked."
In the shootout, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews failed to convert for Chicago before Sharp took his turn.
Carolina's Nathan Gerbe, Semin and Jeff Skinner all were stopped.
The Blackhawks have played five consecutive one-goal games.
"I will take a win on the road any day of the week," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Our third periods have not been as effective as we would like, but that's something we can talk about."
The Blackhawks lost their previous seven games in this building. Chicago's only other victory in North Carolina came Jan. 14, 1998, when the Hurricanes played at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford stopped 32 shots.
Cam Ward made 34 saves, including three in the opening minute of overtime, for Carolina.
The Hurricanes came up empty on an overtime power play, then peppered the goal in the final 15 seconds. Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell was in the penalty box for hooking midway through the extra session. At one point, only two Chicago skaters had sticks during the penalty kill.
That was a far different scene from the start of the game, when the Blackhawks were the aggressors.
"They came at us in the first period," Muller said. "(We) hit the restart button."
Sharp's goal came on a first-period breakaway.