Blackhawks shut out by the Coyotes 2-0
The Blackhawks finished up their west coast road trip being shut out. The Hawks have not had this happen to them in nearly two years. They do end their road trip coming away with eight of a possible twelve points as they now either head to Sochi to represent their Olympic teams or take the next couple of weeks off.
The Hawks were without the talents of Patrick Kane who was back in Buffalo helping his family with arrangements for the passing of his grandfather. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kane family.
If there was a strange number 12 in the Indianhead sweater it was that of newly acquired forward Peter Regin who in this game was centering the second line primarily between Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad. In his Hawks debut he seemed to fit in nicely with his new teammates.
Corey Crawford was in net for the Hawks and Mike Smith in goal for the Phoenix Coyotes.
The difference in this game came down to special teams. The Phoenix Coyotes were able to capitalize two out of five times on the power play when Keith Yandle and Radim Vrbata scored. The Vrbata goal was on a 5 on 3 power play. The Coyotes set the tone early when they scored on the power play just a minute into the game.
The Hawks took some really bad penalties all game long and Phoenix made the Hawks pay. The Hawks had two power plays but could not convert on either of them and that was the difference in this game.
The Hawks will not be back in action til February 27th when they take on the NY Rangers at MSG due to the Olympic bread in Sochi, Russia. Here is wishing all of the Hawks Olympians a safe and an Olympics filled with memories of a lifetime.
Three Stars of the game:
2. K. Yandle
3. J. Halperen
Next game Thursday, February 27, at 6:00 p.m. CDT from the Madison Square Garden vs the NY Rangers. Tune in to CSN in the Chicago; or listen via WGN 720.