Jay McClement scored the key goal 2:54 into the third period as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Elias Lindholm and Lee Stempniak scored early goals 1:05 apart to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead, and they held on to earn a point in their 11th straight home game.

Cam Ward made 27 saves for Carolina while improving to 8-0-1 during the Hurricanes’ home-ice roll.

Scott Darling stopped 25 shots for Chicago.

n Juuse Saros made 25 saves for his first career shutout, Filip Forsberg got a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 at St. Louis.

Yannick Weber, Viktor Arvidsson and Colin Wilson also scored, and Saros won his second career road game.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Butler’s team endured some terrifying moments Thursday night after their plane lost cabin pressure during a flight home from New York and made a rapid descent for an unscheduled landing in Pittsburgh, Coach Chris Holtmann said Friday.

The charter plane was flying from LaGuardia Airport to Indianapolis after Thursday’s 76-73 loss to St. John’s when its lights went out about 25 minutes into the flight, Holtmann told ESPN .

He says the plane became “really cold,” oxygen masks dropped down and a flight attendant told the team and staff members to put them on.

Holtmann said the plane rapidly went from 35,000 feet to 10,000 feet. Panicked players were yelling in the back of the plane and staff members were texting their wives, worried they might not see them again.

The plane landed in Pittsburgh after midnight.


SPAIN: Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent says the Real Madrid star has been offered more than $105 million per season to move to the Chinese Super League.

But Ronaldo isn’t going anywhere.

Asked by Italy’s Sky Sport about reports of a $315 million transfer offer to Madrid and a $105 million per season contract offer from an unspecified club, Jorge Mendes replied, “It’s normal. He’s the best player in the world and the best of all time.”


AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer says he hopes to play for at least another two to three years and that his “mindset is for the long term” in assessing his tennis future.

Federer, who has not played since re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee at Wimbledon in July, will make his tournament return in the Jan. 1-7 Hopman Cup team event at Perth, representing Switzerland with Belinda Bencic.

Federer, 35, said he’s not sure of the form he’ll produce upon his return, but that retirement isn’t part of his thought process.

“Only when I get asked do I think of things like this,” said Federer, who has 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the most of any male player.


SKELETON: Four Russian skeleton athletes were provisionally suspended by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federations for alleged doping rule violations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The federation said that it took action after being informed by the International Olympic Committee that investigations had been opened into the four athletes – who have not been named.

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