Blackhawks 6, Coyotes 2

Jerry Brown  - Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

GLENDALE -- The pregame talk was about Raffi Torres and Marian Hossa. But 20 minutes into the Chicago Blackhawks-Phoenix Coyotes game, all the conversation had shifted to Chicago’s razor-sharp skill players as the red-hot Blackhawks continue to carve up the West.

Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist and Patrick Sharp had three assists during a four-goal first period; they were two of five Blackhawks with multi-point games in a 6-2 rout of the Coyotes at Arena.

Kane now has 18 points in 11 games – three behind Buffalo’s Tomas Vanek for the League lead.

Viktor Stalberg, Dave Bolland, Jonathan Toews and Brian Bickell also scored for Chicago, which has scored 12 of its 38 goals in a pair of road wins against the Coyotes – who ousted the Blackhawks from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring.

Despite playing only two of their 11 games at home, the Blackhawks are an NHL-best 9-0-2 and only getting stronger and they approach some of the best starts ever. The 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks started 12-0-4 and the Edmonton Oilers started 12-0-3 in 1984-85, in the days of regulation ties. Both teams went on to win the Stanley Cup.

But neither of those starts came in a shortened season -- or with more than 80 percent of the games on the road.

Martin Hanzal had his fifth goal of the season for Phoenix, and Torres added his first of the season with 1:25 left – but it was meaningless. The Coyotes came into the game with a 3-0-2 record in their last five games, having allowed just six non-shootout goals in that span. Chicago had six in the first 35:08 of play.

Ray Emery stopped 22 shots for the win. Mike Smith allowed all six goals and was pulled after Bickell made it 6-1, but he didn’t get much help from his teammates

The Coyotes had four shots in the first period, racked up 25 penalty minutes, 12 by defenseman Keith Yandle, and gave the talent-rich Blackhawks a pair of 5-on-3 power plays to feast on – with Kane punching home goals each time.

There was little question if the Blackhawks would seek out retribution against Torres for the hit that ended Hossa’s season in Game 3 of the last year’s Western Conference quarterfinal and earned him a 21-game suspension -- only how long it would take. The answer was 2:35 into the game, about 20 seconds into Torres’ first shift.

Torres delivered a check near the Chicago bench and was called out by veteran Jamal Mayers before he even came over the boards for his shift. Torres quickly obliged, dropping his gloves, and the pair traded some good shots before Mayers tumbled to the ice to end it.

From there, the Coyotes lost their system, their discipline and their composure – and the Blackhawks gobbled up every opportunity. Stalberg got it started at 8:17, taking a pretty Andrew Shaw feed up the slot and beating Smith to the short side under the crossbar for his third goal of the season.

From there, it was a Phoenix parade to the penalty box and a Chicago scoring spree.

Just 39 seconds after Oliver-Ekman Larsson was sent off for interference, Derek Morris joined him for cross-checking. Smith was able to stop a point-blank bid from Sharp, but Toews slid the puck to the other post where Kane was waiting to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games at 14:52.

It took only 2:32 for Chicago to strike again. Sharp caught Kane flying into the Phoenix zone and Kane patiently waited for a trailing Bolland steaming up the slot. Bolland took Kane's pass and one-timed it past Smith to make it 3-0.

Yandle drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty immediately after Bolland's goal and Zbynek Michalek headed to the box 34 seconds later for tripping Bolland. Sharp needed just 27 seconds of the 5-on-3 to find Kane across the crease for another slam dunk; Chicago had its fourth goal of the period and the Coyotes by the scruff of the neck.

The Coyotes got on the board when Hanzal tipped home Radim Vrbata's power-play shot 5:19 into the second period – just the second power-play goal Chicago has allowed in nine road games this season – but the Blackhawks chased Smith with two more goals 2:16 apart to seal it.

Toews charged the length of the ice -- leaving both Torres and Ekman-Larsson twisted in his wake -- before beating Smith with a wrister at 12:42. Stalberg then swiped the puck from an exasperated Yandle behind the Phoenix net and set up Bickell on the doorstep at 15:08 to make it 6-1.


Phoenix’s defeat was its first on home ice in the month of February since Feb. 2, 2011 when it lost 6-0 to Vancouver.

Coyotes center Martin Hanzal scored his team-high fifth goal to extend his point streak to four games.

Coyotes defenseman Chris Summers replaced injured David Schlemko (upper-body injury) in the lineup. Summers, who played 21 games for Phoenix last season, played 20:04 in his season debut. He blocked two shots. took two shots and delivered two hits.

Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera replaced started Mike Smith after Bickell scored Chicago’s sixth goal at 15:08 of the second period. LaBarbera stopped all 11 shots he faced.

Coyotes forward Raffi Torres summed up the game well: “We had two good practices and then come out and had a game like that. That’s the worst part. It’s just unacceptable.”

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:17CHI Viktor Stalberg (3) ASST: Andrew Shaw (3), Bryan Bickell (5) 1 - 0 CHI
14:52CHI PPG - Patrick Kane (7) ASST: Jonathan Toews (6), Patrick Sharp (7) 2 - 0 CHI
17:24CHI Dave Bolland (4) ASST: Patrick Kane (10), Patrick Sharp (8) 3 - 0 CHI
18:25CHI PPG - Patrick Kane (8) ASST: Patrick Sharp (9), Duncan Keith (3) 4 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
05:19PHX PPG - Martin Hanzal (5) ASST: Radim Vrbata (8), Mikkel Boedker (6) 4 - 1 CHI
12:42CHI Jonathan Toews (5) ASST: Marian Hossa (5) 5 - 1 CHI
15:08CHI Bryan Bickell (2) ASST: Viktor Stalberg (3) 6 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
18:35PHX Raffi Torres (1) ASST: Kyle Chipchura (1) 6 - 2 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:42
Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:43
Ray Emery
Ray Emery
SA: 24TOI: 59:54
GA: 2EV: 18-19
PIM: 0PP: 1-2
SV%: .917SH: 3-3
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:35CHI Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Raffi Torres
02:35PHX Raffi Torres  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
05:05PHX Radim Vrbata  Hi-sticking against  Patrick Kane
13:52PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Interference against  Patrick Sharp
14:31PHX Derek Morris  Cross checking against  Andrew Shaw
17:24PHX Keith Yandle  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:58PHX Zbynek Michalek  Tripping against  Dave Bolland
18:25PHX Keith Yandle  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
04:20CHI Brandon Saad  Interference against  Chris Summers
04:52CHI Marcus Kruger  Hooking against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
04:52PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Diving against  Marcus Kruger
07:42CHI Marian Hossa  Holding against  Mikkel Boedker
09:15PHX Shane Doan  Interference against  Brandon Saad
3rd Period
06:40PHX Shane Doan  Unsportsmanlike conduct
10:00PHX Chris Summers  Boarding against  Dave Bolland
15:12PHX Derek Morris  Hooking against  Brandon Saad
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/91/2
Faceoff Wins3933
Blocked Shots1815
Penalty Minutes1135
2D. KeithD0123023:11
4N. HjalmarssonD0002017:14
7B. SeabrookD0021022:55
8N. LeddyD0011017:56
10P. SharpL0313018:43
16M. KrugerC0001213:53
17S. BrookbankD0010011:54
19J. ToewsC1112016:57
20B. SaadL0011212:55
22J. MayersR000058:10
25V. StalbergL1114015:24
27J. OduyaD0002021:58
29B. BickellL1112012:09
36D. BollandC1012017:44
65A. ShawC0112016:03
67M. FrolikR0002012:48
81M. HossaR0112215:31
88P. KaneR2113021:42
30R. Emery2224.91759:54
3K. YandleD00-211215:35
4Z. MichalekD00-10220:56
11M. HanzalC1005014:11
15B. GordonC0002016:09
17R. VrbataR0101210:39
18D. MossR0001014:13
19S. DoanR00-11412:42
20C. SummersD0002220:04
24K. ChipchuraC01-11011:55
26S. SullivanL00-10013:45
28L. KorpikoskiL0003016:04
29M. StoneD0001016:18
32N. JohnsonR00-22012:54
37R. TorresL10-11510:50
50A. VermetteC00-20017:39
53D. MorrisD00-21423:14
89M. BoedkerL01-10014:49
1J. LaBarbera11111.00024:52
41M. Smith1622.72735:08