Blackhawks cruise past Coyotes

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 08, 2013
Patrick Kane had another big night and the Chicago Blackhawks won again. The fact that they exacted a bit of revenge on Raffi Torres and routed the Phoenix team that ousted them from last season's playoffs only made it sweeter. Kane had two goals and an assist, and the Blackhawks remained the only NHL team without a loss in regulation this season by beating the Coyotes 6-2 Thursday night. Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2. Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago. ''We feel good right now,'' coach Joel Quenneville said. ''We've been consistent in our games. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of guys. It seems like the chemistry and the mood of the room is as good as you can get, and it's reflected in our play.'' The evening began, as anyone paying attention should have anticipated, with Chicago's Jamal Mayers fighting Torres, in his third game back after a 21-game suspension for a vicious hit on the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa in last year's playoffs. ''A good fight there,'' said Patrick Sharp, who had three assists. ''It definitely fired us up and got us going.'' A few moments later, Chicago led 4-0 and this one was over. Martin Hanzal and Torres scored for the Coyotes. Phoenix pulled goalie Mike Smith after Bickell scored Chicago's sixth goal with 4:52 left in the second period. Kane's goals both came with a 5-on-3 advantage in Chicago's four-goal first period. Kane has eight goals and 10 assists on the season and is chasing the league scoring lead. ''I don't know,'' he said. ''Sometimes you just get on a roll and it keeps going. I just try to keep worrying about playing hockey and staying focused. It's been a fun season so far. The team's playing good. It's always nice scoring goals when you're winning.'' The Blackhawks, who lost to the Coyotes in six games in last season's playoffs, scored a half-dozen goals for the second time against Phoenix this season. They won in Arizona 6-4, also with Smith in goal, in the second game of the year on Jan. 20. Those are Chicago's two highest-scoring games of the season. Ray Emery made 22 saves on an easy night. He is 3-0-0 this year with two wins over Phoenix. The Coyotes had won nine straight at home, going 13-0-2 overall, in February since 2011. They came in with at least a point in five straight games and victories in their last two, but they were overwhelmed in a first period that, for them, was as bad as it gets. ''When you give up five power-play opportunities, you give up one soft goal, two 5-on-3 goals and one where we had nobody willing to cover anybody anywhere close,'' coach Dave Tippett said, ''and you put them up by a score like that, it makes it kind of an uphill battle the rest of the night.'' Cheered on by their usual boisterous fans in Phoenix, the Blackhawks outshot the Coyotes 17-4 in the first period. ''I hope that's a blip on the radar screen,'' Tippett said, ''because there's a lot of stuff right there that is not going to be happening on our team.'' Phoenix had seven penalties in the period, capped by a 10-minute misconduct against Keith Yandle for his behavior as he left the penalty box, where he had been placed for unsportsmanlike conduct 2 minutes earlier. Stalberg started the Blackhawks' early onslaught, taking a slick assist from Andrew Shaw and backhanding the puck past Smith. The Blackhawks scored three times in the final 5:08 of the period. Chicago was 21 seconds into its first 5-on-3 advantage when Kane scored. Toews knocked the puck out of a scrum in front to Kane, who tapped it into an open net with Smith sprawled on the ice. Bolland's goal with an assist from Kane made it 3-0 with 2:26 left in the first. Then, with another 5-on-3 edge, Kane knocked a left-handed one-timer inside the post and Chicago led 4-0 with 1:35 to go in the first. Hanzal's fifth goal of the season, on a power play, 5:19 into the second ruined the shutout. But goals by Toews and, finally, Bickell from in front of the net on a centering pass from Stalberg, made it 6-1 and Tippett called it a night for Smith, who had given up one goal in the previous two games. He was sent to the bench in favor of Jason LaBarbera. Torres and Mayers squared off 2:35 into the game. Then that story line evaporated in the face of the Chicago romp. Torres' goal came with 1:25 to play. NOTES: Chicago wraps up its season-high six-game road trip Sunday in Nashville. ... Kane is 13 short of 400 career points. ... Phoenix's Rostislav Klesla missed his ninth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Kane entered third in the NHL in points (15). ... Smith has allowed 12 goals against Chicago and eight against every other team he's faced.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Saints still interested in Adrian Peterson

DeMarcus Ware officially retires as member of Cowboys

Jake Long announces NFL retirement after nine seasons

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell drops first music video

Giants will pick up Odell Beckham’s fifth-year option

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Nerve damage in Jaylon Smith’s leg starting to improve

Kobe Bryant, Michael Strahan talk about Dear Basketball animated short at Tribeca Film Festival

Serena Williams posts adorable message to unborn baby on social media

49ers might roll the dice on a QB at No. 2

Report: Saints leaning toward not trading for Butler

NASCAR driver Chris Buescher helps fans amid flash floods at Bristol Motor Speedway

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: David Fizdale and the Grizzlies won't go down quietly

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

25 times Mother Nature disrupted sports

In some ways, Dan Rooney was just another NFL owner

Box Score 4/20: When Westbrook isn't enough

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The '♫Happy Birthday Simpsons. Simpsons, it's your birthday♫' quiz

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

In some ways, Dan Rooney was just another NFL owner

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The '♫Happy Birthday Simpsons. Simpsons, it's your birthday♫' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: David Fizdale calls B.S.

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker