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|Post-Game Comments: Denis Savard|
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The Blackhawks scored on their first three shots of the game and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien registered his 1st pro hat trick to tie a team record as Chicago routed Phoenix 6-1 at the United Center Friday.
It was the 5th victory in a row at home for the Hawks -- a feat they haven't had since January 2002 -- and the 7th time this season the Hawks have scored 5+ goals, already matching last season's total.
Playing in his 13th game of the campaign after being recalled from Rockford on November 3, the 22 year-old Byfuglien scored on his first three shots as the Hawks blitzed Coyote goalie Ilja Bryzgalov with 5 goals in the opening 10 minutes of play.
Byfuglien's 1st career hat trick was the first on home ice by a Hawk since March 2004 (Tyler Arnason) and equaled the team mark for defensemen set by Dick Redmond (1977) and Doug Wilson (1991). Also, it was Chicago's 2nd hat trick of the season with Patrick Sharp connecting two weeks ago in Detroit.
The Hawks opened the scoring 75 seconds into the game with Martin Havlat setting up Tuomo Ruutu who beat Bryzgalov with a 30-footer into the near corner of the net. It was Ruutu's 4th of the season and snapped a 15-game goal scoring drought. Ruutu picked up another in the 2nd period when he deflected a Jim Vandermeer shot into the goal.
The league's top rookie point-getters, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, continued their strong play. Toews scored his 10th goal at 3:57 after picking up a Sharp rebound to make it 2-0. He also added 2 assists as did Kane on Byfuglien's last 2 power play goals.
Byfuglien tallied his first of the night at 5:01 when he took a pass from Sergei Samsonov to rifle a 35-footer into the lower right corner of the net.
While enjoying a two-man advantage on consecutive power plays, Byfuglien made it 4-0 at 10:14 on a 30-footer into the left corner, and 16 seconds later notched his hat trick with a shot into the right corner after a feed from Kane.
Byfuglien now has six goals for the season. He added an assist on Ruutu's 2nd period tally to earn #1 star honors for the game.
That goal chased Bryzgalov in favor of Mikael Tellqvist.
Meanwhile, Hawk goalie Nikolai Khabibulin put in another strong performance, turning away 28 shots. It marked the 2nd straight win against teams he played for as he had started his NHL career with Winnipeg (now the Coyotes) after beating Tampa Bay Wednesday.
He lost his bid for a shutout midway through the final period when rookie Peter Mueller scored on a partial breakaway for his 7th goal.
Hawks coach Denis Savard said he was proud of the way his team has played defensively, allowing only 7 goals, including one empty-netter, in the last five games.
The Hawks were 2-of-10 on the power play while stopping all five Coyote opportunities.
The victory improved the Hawks to 14-9-2 as they took sole possession of 2nd place in the tight Central Division, only 6 points behind Detroit.
The team left immediately after the contest for a Saturday night battle against the division rival Blues in St. Louis and will return to Chicago to start a four game homestand at the United Center beginning Wednesday against Vancouver.
AP Notes: The Blackhawks' first-period outburst marked the second time this season they scored five times in a period. ... Chicago D James Wisniewski sat out second game a facial injury. RW Rene Bourque missed his fifth game with a broken thumb. Rookie C Jacob Dowell missed his first game with a broken right foot, suffered Wednesday against Tampa Bay. He'll miss two to four weeks. ... Phoenix D Ed Jovanovski sat out a one-game suspension on Friday for hitting Minnesota's Marian Gaborik in the head on Wednesday.
Head coach Wayne Gretzky: "You make your own breaks and they played well; they deserved to win. [Goaltender Ilya] Bryzgalov had a tough night, no question about that. If you’re going to be successful at this level, your best players have to be good. Our best players weren’t good tonight and their best players were. From the goal on out that was the difference in the hockey game. They deserve credit for how hard they worked and how well they played."
On Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane: "They’ve both been really good; they’ve been exceptional. They’re great for hockey; they’ve been good for the Blackhawks and they’re only going to get better every night."
|Tuomo Ruutu (4) ASST: Marty Havlat (1)|
1 - 0 CHI
|Jonathan Toews (10) ASST: Patrick Sharp (8), Brent Sopel (6)|
2 - 0 CHI
|Dustin Byfuglien (4) ASST: Sergei Samsonov (4), Yanic Perreault (3)|
3 - 0 CHI
|PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (5) ASST: Patrick Kane (19), Jonathan Toews (9)|
4 - 0 CHI
|PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (6) ASST: Patrick Kane (20), Jonathan Toews (10)|
5 - 0 CHI
|Tuomo Ruutu (5) ASST: Jim Vandermeer (6), Dustin Byfuglien (2)|
6 - 0 CHI
|Peter Mueller (7) ASST: NONE|
6 - 1 CHI
|Andrei Zyuzin Hooking against Radim Vrbata|
|Daniel Carcillo Hi stick - double minor against Brent Sopel|
|Nick Boynton Tripping against Robert Lang|
|Daniel Carcillo Fighting against Colin Fraser|
|Colin Fraser Fighting against Daniel Carcillo|
|Nick Boynton Slashing against David Koci|
|Dustin Byfuglien Hi-sticking against Daniel Carcillo|
|Brent Seabrook Interference against Mike York|
|Steve Reinprecht Tripping against Dustin Byfuglien|
|David Koci Hi-sticking against Daniel Winnik|
|Dustin Byfuglien Interference against Daniel Carcillo|
|Daniel Carcillo Interference against Nikolai Khabibulin|
|Daniel Carcillo Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Daniel Carcillo Misconduct|
|Andrei Zyuzin Holding against Keith Ballard|
|Keith Ballard Holding against Andrei Zyuzin|
|Mathias Tjarnqvist Tripping against Andrei Zyuzin|
|SA: 7||TOI: 10:30|
|Saves: 2||EV: 1 - 4|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 2|
|SV%: .286||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 20||TOI: 49:25|
|Saves: 19||EV: 11 - 12|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .950||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 8 - 8|
|SV%: .966||SH: 2 - 2|