Blackhawks Hammer Coyotes, Third Line Dominant Again

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.

3 thoughts on “Blackhawks Hammer Coyotes, Third Line Dominant Again

  • October 19, 2011 at 1:56 am

    There was good and bad about the PP tonight. As you said, they were 1 of 5. The PPG came with them being 5 on 3, and that’s good. It was a sore spot last season. But they still couldn’t score at 5 on 4.

  • October 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    say the game and it was very entertaining for hawks fans good pk and the new players were effective re matador o donnell carcillo mayers. i continue to see good possibilities with frolic, but is unlucky cannot buy a goal but eventually he will put up numbers need to imporove on the pp a lot.

  • October 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Echoing what Tab has described about PP troubles, to me, it seems that most opponents that try to pressure the Hawks seem to have the best results. It doesn’t appear to me that we handle that well. I also think we are predictable in our setup and tactics in moving the puck; that goes back to last year and it seems like we’re not changing up the approach.

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