Blackhawks 6, Coyotes 2By Jonathan Dalton, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 11:50 PM EST
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Patrick Kane scored two power-play goals and added an assist and Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 Thursday night. Viktor Stalberg also had a goal and an assist, Patrick Sharp contributed three assists and Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell chipped in goals for the Blackhawks (9-0-2), who remained the NHL's only team without a loss in regulation. Martin Hanzal scored a power-play goal and Raffi Torres added a short-hander for the Coyotes (4-5-2), who allowed four first-period goals for the second time this season and never recovered. Stalberg gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 8:17 of the first period, redirecting a pass from Andrew Shaw past Mike Smith with a soft flip from between inside of the left faceoff circle. The Blackhawks, aided by two five-on-three power plays in the final 15:29 of the first period, scored three goals in 3:33 to open a 4-0 lead. Kane scored on the power play at 14:52 and 18:25, both times from just off the left edge of the crease, and set up Bolland's even-strength goal at 17:24 with a pass from the center of the left circle. Hanzal put Phoenix on the board when he directed Radim Vrbata's blast from the point for a power-play goal at 5:19 of the second period. But Toews skated by Oliver Ekman-Larsson, pulling the puck across to his forehand before scoring from the low slot, and Stalberg stole the puck from Keith Yandle behind the Phoenix net and fed Bickell between the circles at 15:18 for a 6-1 lead. Bickell's goal ended the night for Smith, who allowed the six goals on 22 shots. Torres made it 6-2 with 1:25 left for his first goal in his third game back after his 21-game suspension. Chicago goaltender Ray Emery, making his third start, had 22 saves. NOTES: The Blackhawks entered the game 6-0-0 this season and 77-8-13 overall when Kane has multiple points. ... The Coyotes had outshot their past five opponents 155-105. ... Phoenix lost at home in February for the first time since Feb. 2, 2011, a span of nine games. ... Yandle had a forgettable first period. First, he was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct after Chicago's third goal, helping set up the Blackhawks' second two-man advantage. The Coyotes defenseman continued complaining after he left the penalty box following Kane's second and was handed a 10-minute misconduct. ... Jamal Mayers fought Torres 2:35 into the game. It was Torres' first game against the Blackhawks since he leveled Marian Hossa with a flying elbow in the Western Conference semifinals last April.
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