Jan 20, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) reacts after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks took to the ice at the United Center for the last time until February and they were looking to end their mini-slump with one of the weakest teams in the NHL and a terrible road team in the Phoenix Coyotes and this is how things transpired at the United Center.
The Blackhawks only real adventure in the first period was David Rundblad and his play which was rough to watch and then fun to watch. Early in the period he really struggled but he finally regrouped and finished off the period strong. The Blackhawks got the first goal of the game on the powerplay on a nice passing play from Patrick Sharp to Patrick Kane to the Captain who finished off with a goal past Mike Smith.
The second goal of the game was a pretty passing play from Teuvo Teravainen to Andrew Shaw who made a nice move in front of Smith to deposit the goal. It was Shaw’s first goal in 19 games and it was Teuvo’s first career assist and though everyone was talking about Shaw’s celebration it was a beauty of a setup from Teuvo. The Hawks fired off 20 shots in the first period and really dominated the entire period.
The second period was a fun period to watch if you were a Blackhawks fan. Patrick Kane picked up a rebound and scored his 200th career goal, Kane joined 19 other Blackhawks including Toews and Patrick Sharp as the only Blackhawks with 200 career goals in franchise history. The Blackhawks scoring attack continued when Teuvo followed up his own shot and put in his rebound to give the Hawks a 4-0 lead. This of course marked the 1st time Teuvo had a multiple point game in his career.
The Coyotes got on the scoreboard when Michal Rozsival trailed on a 2 on 1 and the Coyotes finally got a puck past Antti Raanta who was barely tested through 2 periods. The period ended with Ducnan Keith making a nice play on the boards to set up Andrew Shaw for a 5-1 Hawks lead going into the 2nd intermission.
The Third period was basically get it over and get out of town for the Coyotes. Annti Raanta made some nice saves and skated off with his 7th win of the season. The Blackhawks picked up a late 3rd period goal when Kane set up Rundblad whose shot was deflected off a Coyote player and in to add the final score of the game in the 6-1 Hawks win.
-Another 3 point night for Kane in a game he scores his 200th goal
-Win #297 for Joel Quenneville in his 500th as a Blackhawks coach.
-After getting benched last game Shaw with 2 goals to get out of the doghouse.
– 5 Blackhawks had multiple point games and now it’s off to Pittsburgh for one last game before the All-Star Game