Blackhawks keep rolling with 6-2 rout of Coyotes

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Patrick Kane had another big night and the Chicago Blackhawks won again.

The fact that they exacted a bit of revenge on Raffi Torres and routed the Phoenix team that ousted them from last season's playoffs only made it sweeter.

Kane had two goals and an assist, and the Blackhawks remained the only NHL team without a loss in regulation this season by beating the Coyotes 6-2 Thursday night.

Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2. Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago.

"We feel good right now," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We've been consistent in our games. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of guys. It seems like the chemistry and the mood of the room is as good as you can get, and it's reflected in our play."

The evening began, as anyone paying attention should have anticipated, with Chicago's Jamal Mayers fighting Torres, in his third game back after a 21-game suspension for a vicious hit on the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa in last year's playoffs.

"A good fight there," said Patrick Sharp, who had three assists. "It definitely fired us up and got us going."

A few moments later, Chicago led 4-0 and this one was over.

Martin Hanzal and Torres scored for the Coyotes. Phoenix pulled goalie Mike Smith after Bickell scored Chicago's sixth goal with 4:52 left in the second period.

Kane's goals both came with a 5-on-3 advantage in Chicago's four-goal first period. Kane has eight goals and 10 assists on the season and is chasing the league scoring lead.

"I don't know," he said. "Sometimes you just get on a roll and it keeps going. I just try to keep worrying about playing hockey and staying focused. It's been a fun season so far. The team's playing good. It's always nice scoring goals when you're winning."

The Blackhawks, who lost to the Coyotes in six games in last season's playoffs, scored a half-dozen goals for the second time against Phoenix this season. They won in Arizona 6-4, also with Smith in goal, in the second game of the year on Jan. 20. Those are Chicago's two highest-scoring games of the season.

Ray Emery made 22 saves on an easy night. He is 3-0-0 this year with two wins over Phoenix.

The Coyotes had won nine straight at home, going 13-0-2 overall, in February since 2011. They came in with at least a point in five straight games and victories in their last two, but they were overwhelmed in a first period that, for them, was as bad as it gets.

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