Blackhawks Trounce Coyotes in Phoenix
The Chicago Blackhawks continued to prove that they are an elite contender Thursday night at Jobing Arena when they trounced the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 6-2 and improved to 9-0-2 on the season.
Patrick Kane scored two goals and added a helper and Chicago got a solid performance from netminder Ray Emery as he stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced. Patrick Sharp finished the night with three assists for the Hawks.
Many expected the game to not only be a chippy one, but one filled with yearning for revenge by Chicago for Raffi Torres 2012 post season hit that knocked Blackhawks' Marian Hossa out of the series.
Instead, it was the Coyotes that let their emotions get the best of them.
Despite the fact that Chicago's Jamal Mayers initiated the payback fight with Raffi Torres less than three minutes into the first period, Phoenix finished the night with a whopping 35 minutes in penalties. The Blackhawks capitalized on two out of their nine powerplay opportunities, both goals coming from Kane.
Chicago, who dominated for most of the game, also got goals from Viktor Stalberg, Dave Bolland, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell. Phoenix got a little of their own revenge late in the game when Raffi Torres scored his first goal of the season, but the game was long over by that point.
The win in Phoenix did not consist of all positives for Chicago, however, as defenseman Nick Leddy appeared to go down with an injury late in the game. Leddy, who has been impressive this season thus far, looked as though he suffered a lower body injury before heading to the locker room for the night.
Tonight's Three Stars:
Patrick Kane (2 G, 1 A)
Patrick Sharp (3 A)
Ray Emery (SA: 24, GA: 2, SV% .917)
The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Nashville Predators on Sunday, February 10th at 7 pm CT.