The Blackhawks jumped on the Coyotes with a furious first period, and weathered a second period rush to emerge with a 5-2 victory to close out a fantastic road trip.
The Blackhawks won the final six games of their seven-game road trip, allowing only ten goals in those six wins.
Antti Raanta picked up his second win of the trip on Saturday night, making 30 saves. With the Blackhawks spending most of the second period short-handed, Phoenix put 17 shots on net in the middle frame but were only able to beat Raanta twice. He was perfect in the first and third periods.
Patrick Kane opened the scoring, tipping a Marian Hossa shot past Mike Smith for a power play goal at 2:34 into the first period; the score came while the Blackhawks had a two-man advantage. Andrew Shaw slipped a puck through traffic and into the back of the net at 9:18, and less than two minutes later Niklas Hjalmarsson made it 3-0 Blackhawks.
The Hawks put 16 shots on net in the first period, and carried the action for almost the full 20 minutes. But four second period penalties – two of which were against Hjalmarsson – provided chances for Phoenix. Martin Hanzal scored during the first of Hjalmarsson’s penalties to draw Phoenix to within one.
When Johnny Oduya joined Hjalmarsson in the box, the Coyotes had more than 90 seconds with a two-man advantage of their own. But the Blackhawks were able to kill off the penalty and maintain their lead.
Brandon Bollig added his third of the season half-way through the third, and Marian Hossa added an empty-net goal in the closing moment to close the scoring.
Duncan Keith had assists on two of the first period goals, while Kane had an assist on Hjalmarsson’s goal. Brent Seabrook also had two assists in the game, giving the Hawks four players with a two-point performance. Jonathan Toews, Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger and Michal Handzus also had assists in the victory.
Seabrook added five hits and two blocked shots to his two assists, and was much better with the puck than he was in Dallas on Friday evening. Hjalmarsson and Kruger led the Blackhawks with three blocked shots each.
Both teams were 1-5 on the power play for the game, but the Blackhawks’ numbers benefited from killing only 1.6 seconds of an Andrew Shaw double-minor at the end of the game.
The Hawks finally return to the United Center on Tuesday night.