Blackhawks stay unbeaten in regulation with win over CoyotesBy Jonathan Dalton, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Feb 8, 2013 12:31 AM EST
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jamal Meyers set the tone early for the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, and Patrick Kane and the offense took off from there. 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. "The chemistry and the camaraderie in the room is as good as it can get," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. To a man, the Blackhawks credited Meyers for getting the team moving. Meyers stepped onto the ice just under three minutes into the game and squared off to fight Raffi Torres, playing his first game against Chicago since he leveled Marian Hossa with a flying elbow in the Western Conference semifinals last April, as Torres was leaving the ice after his first shift. "That gave me chills," Kane said. "That was awesome. It pumped everyone up on the bench. You probably couldn't have asked for a better first period there." From the time Torres and Meyers went to the penalty box, the Blackhawks skated past Phoenix more or less at will en route to three goals in 3:33 and a 4-0 lead after the period. 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. Kane scored on the power play at 14:52 and 18:25, both times from just off the left edge of the crease and both times less than 30 seconds into a Chicago two-man advantage, and set up Bolland's even-strength goal at 17:24 with a pass from the center of the left circle. "When you give up two five-on-three goals, a soft goal and another where nobody's willing to cover anybody and you let somebody score like that, that makes it an uphill battle," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. "This is a good slap in the face. We went out and got kicked. And if we don't realize that, we're in worse shape than I think we are." Martin Hanzal scored a power-play goal and Torres added a short-hander for the Coyotes (4-5-2), who had earned points in each of their past five. 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. "We know how good a team they can be so we really didn't want to take our foot off the pedal at any point," Sharp said. In addition to the turnover, Yandle 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. Shane Doan also was called for unsportsmanlike conduct early at 6:40 of the third period. "Hooking and holding means you're getting beat," Tippett said. "But Doan took a yapping penalty and Yandle took two yapping penalties. They're supposed to be our captains. And that's all I've got to say tonight." 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 are 7-0-0 this season and 78-8-13 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. ... Chicago's six goals were the most the Coyotes allowed at home since Tampa Bay scored eight in February 2011. ... The Blackhawks have 12 goals in two games against Phoenix, both at Jobing.Com Arena.
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