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Michael Carcone earns hat trick, Coyotes deliver 8-1 rout over Blackhawks

People came to see top rookies Logan Cooley and Connor Bedard play against each other, but instead, the crowd was treated to a big night for Arizona Coyotes forward Michael Carcone.

Carcone, who has played sparingly with the Coyotes across the last two seasons, broke out with a hat trick goals and four points.

"It's definitely emotional for me and I'm sure it's emotional for my family with my wife and kids in the building too and my mother," Carcone said. "I get to enjoy it with them and wake up tomorrow and move on. You can't sit on this kind of stuff and you got to ride the highs and lows and stay in the middle there."

Nine different forwards were on the scoresheet for the Coyotes in the 8-1 beating against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at Mullett Arena, but none were from the top line.

Bedard generated buzz early on with a 28-second goal, but the Coyotes took over the game from there on Carcone’s first goal. Josh Brown, Jack McBain, Sean Durzi, and Liam O’Brien all scored for the Coyotes with McBain scoring twice. Alex Kerfoot earned his first three points of the season all on assists.

Carcone comes through

Playing in the American Hockey League the last seven seasons has been arduous for Carcone, but he's proving to head coach André Tourigny that he belongs in the NHL.

Following last season's six-game stint with the Coyotes, Tourigny and Carcone sat down and discussed why Carcone wasn't a regular in the lineup. For Tourigny, it didn't come down to talent.

"If you want to be a good NHL player, you need to do it every night and I'm not meaning scoring every night. I mean doing every detail and being in your position and play with structure every night," Tourigny said. "That was the knock on Carcs in the past. He has the talent, but can he do it every night? He knows that and that's why he's an everyday NHLer now."

Carcone stole the show, earning a hat trick at 5:00 in the second period. But he also did those little things, including drawing a slashing penalty from Bedard that kept the Blackhawks from gaining any momentum at the end of the first.

Two for the show

Carcone wasn't the only one getting a hat trick for the Coyotes.

O’Brien and McBain both earned Gordie Howe hat tricks in the second period after both scored a goal, tallied an assist, and had a fight. McBain’s father, Andrew, and Peter Taglianetti were the last two teammates to record this stat in the same game for the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise back in 1988.

"It's pretty crazy, but I'm sure I'll go check my phone and he's texting me about that, but it was a great comeback after a tough series," McBain said.

Staying on the gas

Haunted by Friday’s loss where the Coyotes gave up a 4-1 lead, the offense didn’t repeat those mistakes following a strenuous practice the morning after.

Those lessons showed in Monday’s game as the Coyotes played heavily in the Blackhawks’ zone and dictated the pace of the game since Carcone’s first goal. The Coyotes stayed mostly out of the box in the second period and tallied four goals, chasing goaltender Arvid Soderblom out of the game at 15:26 in the second.

The Coyotes edged the Blackhawks 33-30, but were much more sound defensively.

“I think we all kind of woke up that morning knowing that that game happened and we can’t collapse like that in the third,” Carcone said. “We’re a young team and we’re learning, so we didn’t watch video. We just worked hard and here we are. Simple and hard, sometimes that’s what you need.”

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Michael Carcone earns hat trick, Coyotes win 8-1 rout vs. Blackhawks