By Brad Vandenberk
Blackhawks began a small road trip Tuesday with a stop in the desert versus the Phoenix Coyotes.
Phoenix decided to start Jason Labarbera while the Hawks went with Corey Crawford.
Marian Hossa returned to the lineup, again playing alongside Patrick Kane and Dan Carcillo.
Hossa didn’t need much time to get going. On his first shift, he found himself on a 2 on 1 with Carcillo and elected to shoot high over the net. The first penalty of the game went to Taylor Pyatt who was called for boarding, sending Niklas Hjalmarsson awkwardly into the boards. Hjalmarsson would be okay.
The Hawks first power play unit had Jonathan Toews, Kane and Andrew Brunette, with Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith at the point. Although Sharp had a breakaway, the Hawks still could not convert.
Later, Dan Carcillo found himself in the penalty box for the first time this year, after hooking Mikkel Boedker. The Hawks continued there dominate penalty kill and were able to keep the puck out of their zone. As Dave Bolland was going hard to the net, he found himself eating some iron, as Adrain Aucoin sent him hard into the net. This put Aucoin in the box for interference and the Hawks back on the man advantage.
1:08 into the power play, Lauri Korpikoski hooked Kane, giving the Hawks a 5 on 3 power play. The first power play unit saw Sharp move up to forward and Hossa on the point. This paid off has Hossa let a blast go from the point making it 1-0 Hawks with 4:54 remaining in the first. Sharp and Duncan Keith assisted on the goal. The period ended with the Hawks leading 1-0. Hawks outshot the Coyotes 15-4 in the opening period.
The second period opened and the Hawks saw their lead diminish early as Taylor Pyatt put a rebound home off a David Schlemko shot 42 seconds in to tie the game 1-1.
Kane’s line was dominant for a stretch of the second with Hossa looking for his 2nd of the night. The score did not stay tied long. As Sharp entered the offensive zone, he let a shot go and Captain serious put home the rebound giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead.
Hawks got another chance on the power play as Ray Whitney was called for high sticking. Again they came up short.
The Coyotes cut the lead once again, when Keith tried to receive a pass from Steve Montador and found himself tripping and falling into the boards allowing Daymond Langkow to get the puck over to Ray Whitney and the score is tied again after Whitney goes high over Crawford.
Less then a minute later Keith made up for his earlier mistake. He let a shot go from the point and Jamal Mayers tipped home his first of the year giving the Hawks the lead again 3-2. That’s how the middle period ended. The Hawks continue their dominant fore check, out shooting the Coyotes 27-9 overall through two periods.
The Coyotes started the third period on the power play after Hossa was called for a slash after the end of the second period. As one penalty ended another one began, as Sharp was called for tripping just eight seconds after Hossa’s penalty expired. Although the Hawks were short handed for the first 4 minutes of the third, it allowed their penalty kill to get going.
Dave Bolland picked Radim Vrbata’s pocket and blasted one from the top of the circle, making it 4-2 and giving the Hawks there first short-handed goal of the year.
During that same penalty kill, Hossa hit Toews on a breakaway, but Toews was unable to get the puck over a sprawling Labarbera.
With 10:52 remaining in the period, the Hawks third line struck again. Michael Frolik won a battle in his own end sending Bryan Bickell and Bolland in on a 2 on 1. Bickell let a high shot rip over the glove of Labarbera, making it 5-2.
-Hawks outshot the Coyotes 35-16.
-Hawks were 1 for 5 on the power play.
-The third line made the score sheet again as Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik and Bryan Bickell combined for 3 points.
-Dave Bolland also scored the Hawks first short-handed goal of the year.
-Patrick Kane’s point streak was snapped at 4 games, although he had the puck on his stick all night.
-Duncan Keith made his presence felt with a 2 point effort.
-Marian Hossa was all over the ice in his return. Scoring a power play goal and getting 3 shots on net.
-Attendance at Jobing.com arena 11,051.
-Hawks will play Western Conference leader Colorado on Thursday night to end their minny road trip.