By Chris Emma–

CHICAGO (CBS) — Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was hopeful Niklas Hjalmarsson could play a full game Thursday night, but he dressed seven defensemen just in case.

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After missing morning skate, Hjalmarsson played just 3:02 in the first period before heading off for the night. The Blackhawks ruled him out quickly with what Quenneville termed an upper-body injury. His services weren’t needed in a 6-3 blowout win over the Coyotes.

Quenneville was hopeful that Hjalmarsson would be OK on Friday morning, when he would be re-evaluated. Michal Rozsival stepped in for Hjalmarsson as the extra defenseman, scoring his first goal of the season.

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“I imagined the scoresheet and there was no zero anymore in my goal column,” Rozsival joked of his first tally this season.

The Blackhawks, now 38-18-5 (81 points), won their third straight game and eighth in nine contests, responding from a first-period lapse to outpace the Coyotes. Patrick Kane recorded a hat trick in the victory. They return to action Sunday when the rival Blues come to the United Center.

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