By Brad Gardner
The Chicago Blackhawks earned their seventh road win of the 2013 season with a 6-2 victory in Glendale over the Phoenix Coyotes. Patrick Kane scored a pair of power play goals in the first period and Ray Emery had another reliable outing in net as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2 on the year.
The game marked the first time that Raffi Torres would be on the ice against the Blackhawks after his high hit on Marian Hossa in the 2012 playoffs knocked the Hawks star winger out of action for months.
Retribution was quick against Raffi Torres, who answered the bell on his first shift of the game. Jamal Mayers initiated the scrap as soon as he stepped off the bench, and Torres was ready for him. Read more
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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. Read more
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Tagged Adrian Aucoin, Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Dan Carcillo, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jamal Mayers, Jason Labarbera, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Taylor Pyatt
First off a few notes on Rockford from the weekend. The IceHogs dropped both games in San Antonio against the Coyotes’ farm team Thursday and Friday. I’ll have more details later today after I have a chance to watch Thursday’s game.
Thursday was reported to be a lackluster affair. Rockford lost 1-0. Alec Richards stopped 37 shots in the loss.
Friday, which I have seen, wasn’t much different until the final twenty minutes. The IceHogs entered the third period down 3-1 after giving up three even-strength goals (though one effectively was a power play tally – more on that in a moment) but were unable to overcome the whole they dug in the middle frame.
The story of Friday’s game was head coach Bill Peters‘ decision to bench Kyle Beach for the entire third period. Beach took two penalties in the second period. The first, a roughing minor after a whistle aside the San Antonio goal. Beach had tried a wrap-around attempt but was thwarted by Chicago product Al Montoya. With Beach whacking away for a potential rebound, he was aggressively shoved away by a Rampage defender. Beach, unhappy with this, came back swinging and punched (glove on) the San Antonio player twice in the mouth. Later in the period Beach was given an unsportsmanlike minor for saying too much as it appeared. Just as that penalty expired and Beach was stepping out of the box, Mathieu Beaudoin scored to give his team a 2-1 lead. Beach did not see the ice after that.
Whatever the motivation, Rockford came out for the third period a newly inspired bunch and carried the play for the most part. Nick Leddy fired a slap shot through traffic and past a Hugh Jessiman screen to trim the deficit to 3-2 three minutes and twenty seconds into the period. But the Hogs couldn’t solve Montoya again despite 14 third period shots and a late 6 on 4 power play with Alec Richards pulled from his net. Read more