The final score of Monday night’s game was 5-2 in favor of the Chicago Blackhawks, but the game wasn’t that close.
The Blackhawks held the Coyotes to only 16 shots on goal, including seven in a third period that was dominated from start to finish by the Hawks. Chicago killed four minutes of penalties without allowing a shot to open the final frame, and Bolland’s short-handed goal effectively put the game out of the Coyotes’ reach.
Bolland was the game’s Number One star and Bryan Bickell was the Number Three star; not often to two skaters from a team’s third line wind up as two of the three stars from a game. Bickell scored a goal, Frolik had a nice assist and Bolland had two points.
Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith also had multi-point nights with two assists each in the victory. Bickell, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each scored their second goals of the season, and Jamal Mayers added his first in a Hawks sweater. Bolland’s goal was his team-leading fourth. Toews won 17 of 21 faceoffs.
Corey Crawford’s final numbers won’t appear to be spectacular because of the shots against, but he honestly wasn’t tested much the entire night. The skaters in front of him did a magnificent job of keeping pucks away from the paint and clearing the zone quickly.
The one negative from the game was the Blackhawks continued struggles with an advantage. Chicago only converted one of five power plays against Phoenix, and have now only scored on three of 22 power plays this season.
However, with Bolland’s tally on Monday night the Blackhawks have now scored as many short-handed goals this year, one, as they have allowed on 15 opponents’ power play opportunities.