Nov 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is checked by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks headed to the desert to finish off their circus trip, and the Hawks came out with purpose. Patrick Kane who had his 12 game point streak ended in Dallas on Friday night, didn’t take long to start a new one when he deflected in a Marian Hossa shot to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. The Blackhawks starting goalie was Antti Raanta and although he only faced 7 shots two of them were fantastic chances by the Phoenix Coyotes that Raanta had the answer for. Andrew Shaw picked up the second goal of the period for the Blackhawks when on a broken play in front of Mike Smith he put in a backhander right past the Coyotes goalie. Two minutes later, Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up a pass in the slot and buried it past Smith for a 3-0 Hawks. The Hawks dominated the period in every aspect in the first period.
A total reversal of fortune in the 2nd period for the Blackhawks as the Coyotes owned the play in the 2nd period. In the second the Coyotes out shot the Hawks 17-5 and they cashed in on their chances first when Rob Klinkhammer knocked in a goal right in front of Raanta. The Coyotes then on the powerplay scored a second goal of the period when Martin Hanzel tipped in a goal to get the lead down to one goal 3-2. The Hawks penalty kill came up huge when late in the period they fought off a 5 on 3 to head to the locker room still up 3-2.
The tables turned one last time in the third period with the Blackhawks retaking the momentum and in the end, the game. Brandon Bollig scored his third goal of the season when he put a wrister past Smith and basically sealing the game for the Blackhawks. Including the playoffs, Bollig has 4 career goals and 2 of them are now against Mike Smith. The Blackhawks out shot the Coyotes 14-9 in the third period and looked like the better team on Saturday night. Marian Hossa added a empty net goal to finish off the scoring in Phoenix. Raanta picked up his 2nd career victory, and the Blackhawks finished the circus trip with a 6-1 record and for the season the Hawks are 20-4-4.
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