Bolland, Blackhawks Beat Punchless Coyotes 5-2
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Dave Bolland scored one third-period goal and had an assist on the other to help the Chicago Blackhawks pull away to a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Bolland’s steal and shorthanded goal gave Chicago a 4-2 lead 2:27 into the third period. His assist helped set up Bryan Bickell’s score that made it 5-2 6 1/2 minutes later as the Blackhawks outshot Phoenix 35-16.
Marian Hossa, back after missing a game with an upper-body injury, scored Chicago’s first goal when his team had a two-man advantage in the first period.
Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers and Bryan Bickell also scored for Chicago.
Taylor Pyatt and Ray Whitney scored for Phoenix.
The Blackhawks were 2 of 18 on power plays this season before Hossa’s goal. He had been questionable for the contest after sitting out Saturday’s game against Boston and failing to practice on Friday and Monday.
The Coyotes had been outplayed throughout the game but were just one goal down and on a power play when Bolland stole the puck from Radim Vrbada and sent a slap shot past Jason LaBarbera for his fourth goal in five games this season.
LaBarbera had 30 saves in his second start of the season. He weathered a 13-shot barrage before Hossa’s sizzling slap shot from just outside the left circle on a two-man advantage found the net with 4:54 to play in the first period. The Coyotes’ Adrian AuCoin (interference) and Lauri Korpikoski (hooking) were in the penalty box when the goal was scored.
Phoenix, outshot 15-4 in the first period, blew a chance for a goal when Derek Morris skated behind the Chicago net and passed to Daymond Langkow. With a wide-open net in front of him, Langkow couldn’t corral the pass.
Four goals were scored in the first 8:36 of the second period.
The Coyotes tied it 1-1 just 42 seconds into the period when Rostislav Kesla’s shot from the point was deflected past goalie Corey Crawford and Pyatt deflected the rebound into the net. But Chicago regained the lead 2-1 3:26 into the period when LaBarbera couldn’t hold on to Andrew Brunette’s shot and Toews tapped it in.
Again, Phoenix responded. Chicago’s Duncan Keith lost control of a pass and Langkow took possession. He passed to Whitney, whose wrister zipped into the upper left corner of the net to make it 2-2 with 12:12 to go in the second period. The Blackhawks finished the scoring binge when Mayers tipped in Keith’s shot with 11:24 still left in the second period to give Chicago a 3-2 lead.
The Blackhawks outshot the Coyotes 27-9 through two periods.
Bickell got the final Chicago goal, with an assist from Bolland at 9:06 of the third period. Patrick Sharp had two assists for the winners.
Notes: The Coyotes’ record for fewest shots in a game is 11, set in 1998 and matched in 1999. … A crowd of 11,051, many of them Chicago fans, watched Phoenix’s second home game. A capacity crowd of more than 17,000 attended Saturday’s home opener against Winnipeg. … Phoenix captain Shane Doan remains one shy of 300 career goals. … Two of the four games between Chicago and Phoenix last season, and four of the previous seven overall, not counting the playoffs, were decided by shootouts.
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