One slick play by Chicago's Dave Bolland spoiled any chance for the Coyotes to steal a game on Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Phoenix had been outplayed throughout but was just one goal down and on a power play early in the third period when Bolland stole the puck from Radim Vrbata
and sent a slap shot past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera
for his fourth goal in four games this season.
The Blackhawks went on to beat Phoenix, 5-2.
"It's a huge advantage when you score on the PK (penalty kill)," Bolland said. "It gets the guys going, gets everybody going on the bench there."
Bolland's assist helped set up Bryan Bickell's goal that made it 5-2 less than seven minutes later for the Blackhawks, who outshot Phoenix 35-16.
Marian Hossa, back after missing a game with an undisclosed upper body injury, scored Chicago's first goal when his team had a two-man advantage in the first period.
Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers and Bryan Bickell also scored for Chicago.
and Ray Whitney
scored goals for the Coyotes (2-2-1), who saw a modest two-game winning streak end.
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett had hoped his team would build on its spirited victory over Winnipeg in Phoenix's home opener on Saturday. But there is a big difference between the deep, talented Blackhawks and the Jets.
"That wasn't what I expected out of our group," Tippett said. "Our execution was poor. Some of that was the tempo that Chicago played at and the lack of tempo we played at. That wasn't the game I was looking for from our guys... We executed poor and we played slow, which plays right into their hands."
The Blackhawks were 2 of 18 on power plays this season before Hossa's goal. The forward had been questionable Tuesday after sitting out Saturday's game against Boston and failing to practice on Friday and Monday.
"It's always great when you come back and the team wins," Hossa said. "I'm glad I could help. ... You're supposed to score on 5-on-3 and I think we have a good team with a lot of skill, so we should have scored."
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LaBarbera had 30 saves in his second start of the season. He weathered a 13-shot barrage before Hossa's sizzling slap shot from just outside the left circle on a two-man advantage found the net with 4:54 to play in the first period. The Coyotes' Adrian Aucoin
(interference) and Lauri Korpikoski
(hooking) were in the penalty box when the goal was scored.
Phoenix, outshot 15-4 in the first period, blew a chance for a goal when Derek Morris
skated behind the Chicago net and passed to Daymond Langkow
. With a wide-open net in front of him, Langkow couldn't corral the pass.
The Coyotes tied the score 1-1 just 42 seconds into the second period when Rostislav Klesla
's shot from the point was deflected past goalie Corey Crawford, and Pyatt deflected the rebound into the net. But Chicago regained the lead 2-1 at 3:26 when LaBarbera couldn't hold Andrew Brunette's shot, and Toews tapped in the puck.
Again, Phoenix responded. Chicago's Duncan Keith lost control of a pass, and Langkow took possession. He passed to Whitney, whose wrister zipped into the upper left corner of the net to make it 2-2 with 12:12 to go in the second period.
► EDITOR'S NOTE:
Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
• NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly attended the game.
• Goalie Jason LaBarbera
made his first start of the season at home, matching the number of home starts he made all of last season.
• Center Boyd Gordon
won 10 of 17 faceoffs and blocked a team-high four shots.
• Forward Taylor Pyatt
has notched a point in each of the three games played since he was moved to a line with center Boyd Gordon
and winger Lauri Korpikoski
• The Coyotes gave up a short-handed goal for the first time this season.
• The Coyotes scratched Patrick O'Sullivan
and Chris Summers
• The Coyotes' next game is Thursday vs. Los Angeles at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).