Blackhawks 6, Coyotes 4By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Jan 21, 2013 1:00 AM EST
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Marian Hossa scored two goals within three minutes of each other against the team that knocked him out of the playoffs last year, keying Chicago's 6-4 victory over Phoenix in the Coyotes' home opener Sunday. Hossa scored with 2:36 remaining in the second period for a 3-2 lead and added another 14 seconds into the third period to make it 5-2 for his second two-goal game of the season. Hossa had two goals and an assist when the Blackhawks opened the season with a 5-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Center Dave Bolland scored two goals and the Blackhawks beat goaltender Mike Smith for the first time in the last four regular-season meetings after scoring only five goals against him in the regular season last year. The teams met for the first time since the Coyotes beat the Blackhawks in six games in the first round of the 2011-12 Western Conference playoffs, a series that featured five overtime games and was marred by a season-ending injury to Hossa. Hossa, who led the Blackhawks with 77 points last season, suffered a concussion when he absorbed a hard hit from Coyotes' defenseman Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the playoffs. Torres received a 20-game suspension, which includes the first eight games of this season. Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg scored their first goals of the season in the second period, after the Coyotes had taken a 2-1 lead on Antoine Vermette's goal early in the period. Vermette was the Coyotes' leading scorer in the playoffs with 10 points last season Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan scored 50 seconds apart early in the third period to close the gap to 5-4 before Bolland scored his second goal for the final margin. His first, on a power play, tied the game in the first period after Coyotes' wing David Moss scored 3:39 into the game. NOTES: Chicago forward Daniel Carcillo is expected to miss about a month with a lower body injury suffered in a 5-2 victory over defending Stanley Cup winner Los Angeles on Saturday night, coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday. Carcillo, helped off the ice after colliding with Kings' defenseman Drew Doughty along the boards late in the third period, was playing in his first game since suffering a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee against Edmonton on Jan. 2, 2012 and undergoing surgery Jan. 17. ... Left wing Brandon Saad replaced Carcillo on the Blackhawks' top line, joining center Jonathan Toews and Hossa. Saad, a second-round draft choice in 2011, had eight goals and 12 assists in 31 games with Rockford of the American Hockey League during the NHL lockout after playing in two regular-season games and two playoff games last season. ... Shane Doan, who signed a four-year, $21.2 million free agent deal to return to the Coyotes in the offseason, played in his 1,200th career game. He is eighth among active players in games played, and only he and New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur among the top 10 have played all their games with the same franchise.
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