CHI
36-7-5
PHX
21-18-9

33 SOG
24 SOG

Blackhawks overpower Coyotes 6-2

Jerry Brown  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 02.08.2013 / 1:21 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The pregame talk on Thursday was all about Raffi Torres and Marian Hossa. But after the opening 20 minutes between Chicago and Phoenix, the conversation had shifted to the Blackhawks' razor-sharp skill players and how Chicago is carving up the West.

Patrick Kane continued to pile up points with two goals and an assist, and Patrick Sharp added three assists during Chicago's four-goal first period. They were two of five Blackhawks with multi-point games in a 6-2 rout of the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

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

But neither of those starts came in a shortened season – or by a team playing more than 80 percent of its games on the road. The Blackhawks visit Nashville on Sunday before heading back to the United Center for their next seven games.

"We have a lot of depth and everyone is contributing right now," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "Coaches have been good about giving us time off to rest, and guys are using that time wisely. It's huge to have this kind of start with all the road games and to put that part of the schedule behind us the way we're doing it."

Kane now has 18 points in 11 games – three behind Buffalo's Tomas Vanek for the League lead. Sharp whiffed on some scoring chances but now has nine assists, one behind Kane for the team lead.

"You couldn't have asked for a better first period ... it was a fun period of hockey," Kane said. "[Sharp] is a little snake-bit in the goal department. But I can say over the past couple of years, it kills me to say it, but he has become a better passer as time has gone on."

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 – the team that ousted the Blackhawks from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring.

Martin Hanzal had his fifth goal of the season for Phoenix, and Torres added his first of the year 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, a span in which they allowed just six non-shootout goals. Chicago had six in the first 35:08 of play.

Ray Emery stopped 22 shots for the win. Phoenix goalie Mike Smith 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.

"This is a good slap in the face right here," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said of the Hawks' first-period barrage. "We just went out here and got kicked. And if we don't recognize that, then we've got bigger problems than we think.

"The hooks and the holding, you're getting beat. But the yapping penalties ... [Shane] Doan took a yapping penalty, Yandle took two yapping penalties. They're supposed to be our captains? That speaks for itself."

There was little question that 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 as came over the boards for his first shift. Torres quickly obliged and the pair traded some good shots before tumbling to the ice.

"That was awesome. That one gave me chills," Kane said. "It was fun to watch. [Mayers] pumped up everyone on the bench and got us going."

Torres fully expected to have to answer the bell.

"If I'm going to go out there and play that way, then you have to be accountable," he said. "It is what it is. I'm not worried about that. I'm worried about our game. I've moved on. I don't go home and think about this stuff. It's part of the game, and if I got out there and run around I'll have to answer the bell sometimes."

From there, the Blackhawks ramped up their play -- while Coyotes lost their system, their discipline and their composure.

Stalberg started the scoring 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.

Then Phoenix began its parade to the penalty box.

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 -- and he extended his goal-scoring streak to four games at 14:52.

Just 2:32 later, Sharp caught Kane flying into the Phoenix zone, and Kane patiently waited for a trailing Bolland steaming up the slot. Kane set up the one-timer and Bolland blew the puck 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 power play to find Kane across the crease for another slam dunk, giving Chicago a 4-0 lead.

"When you give up five power-play opportunities, one soft goal, two 5-on-3 goals and one where we had nobody willing to cover anybody close and put them up [4-0], it makes it kind of an uphill battle," Tippett said.

The Coyotes showed a bit of life when Hanzal tipped home Radim Vrbata's power-play shot 5:19 into the second period, but Chicago chased Smith with two more goals 2:16 apart to seal it.

Toews made a pretty end-to-end rush – leaving both Torres and Ekman-Larsson twisted in his wake -- before he beat Smith with a wrister at 12:42. Stalberg 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.

1st2nd3rdT
CHI
PHX
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
1st
Patrick Kane
RW
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:42
Patrick Sharp
2nd
Patrick Sharp
LW
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:43
Ray Emery
3rd
Ray Emery
G
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
PeriodCHIPHX
1st174
2nd610
3rd1010
Total3324
Team Stats
CategoryCHIPHX
Power Plays2/91/2
Hits1231
Faceoff Wins3933
Giveaways70
Takeaways55
Blocked Shots1815
Penalty Minutes1135
  • CHICAGO
  • PHOENIX
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30R. Emery2224.91759:54
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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
23Ekman-LarssonD00-12422:09
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
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1J. LaBarbera11111.00024:52
41M. Smith1622.72735:08