Blackhawks hold off Coyotes 6-4 in playoff rematch

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 12:40 am •  Published: January 21, 2013
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Marian Hossa insisted playing the Phoenix Coyotes gave him no added motivation.

His play said something else.

Backing up a stellar season opener, Hossa scored two goals against the team that knocked him out of last year's playoffs and the Chicago Blackhawks spoiled another celebration by holding off the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4 Sunday night.

"I think it was special for him after what happened last season," said Chicago center Dave Bolland, who had two goals and an assist. "It was a big night for Hos."

And another one for the Blackhawks.

Chicago ruined the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony Saturday with a flurry of goals and did the same thing to the Coyotes after their Pacific Division banner unveiling.

Hossa was the main attraction, drawing boos from a sold out crowd at Jobing.com Arena in his first game back since being knocked out of last year's playoffs on a blindside hit by Phoenix's Raffi Torres.

Hossa showed no signs of rust in the Blackhawks' opener, with two goals and an assist against the Kings on Saturday.

He kept it rolling against the Coyotes, scoring a goal 50 seconds before Viktor Stalberg in the second period and another 14 seconds into the third.

"I can't expect two goals every night, but it's nice to have a good start," Hossa said.

His teammates know the feeling.

A night after scoring five goals against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Blackhawks kept pouring in goals against the defending Pacific Division champions.

Bolland scored in the first period and put Chicago up 6-4 in the third just 22 seconds after Phoenix pulled within one after two quick goals. Patrick Sharp scored in the second period and Hossa sandwiched Stalberg's goal with his pair.

Through two games, the Blackhawks have scored 11 goals.

"I thought all the lines had good speed, good puck possession and puck placement," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Coyotes haven't had much go right so far this season.

Phoenix had uncharacteristic breakdowns in an opening 4-3 loss to Dallas on Saturday night and had several more against the speedy Blackhawks.

David Moss and Antoine Vermette each scored and Doan added an assist in his 1,200th NHL game, but the Coyotes have allowed 10 goals in two games — not quite the start a defensive team would expect.

"It's just terrible goaltending," Coyotes goalie Mike Smith said. "It's kind of a weird season, but that's no excuse."



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