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First Road Win

It was a classic battle of the 2 -1- 1’s Tuesday. The Hawks beat the Coyotes, on the road, to get their first road victory ( 1 - 1 on the season.).  Hossa returned to the line up, teaming back up with Kane and Carcillo.

I’m really liking what I see from the “Car Bomb”. He brings great energy to that line, and is more than willing to finish a check. All of the Hawks lines seem to be pretty set, as well as the defensive match ups. O’Donnel and Montador are fitting in nicely together. It will be interesting to see where Ben Smith ends up once he returns. He was assigned to Rockford to get his legs back after that preseason concussion during the Wings game. Sometimes, unfortunately, other injuries come up with the answers for you.

On to the game. The Hawks entered the game 2 for 17 on the power play, an 11.8 percentage. They ranked 20th (or 21st, depending on which game graphic you believe). This is a little disturbing considering that it is basically the same power play line up since the ‘10 Cup team. Hossa made his return a success by scoring the first goal, on a nice pass from Sharp. The Hawks on the power play. had a 2 man advantage for 68 seconds, when the Hoss cashed in.  Other than the Hawks out shooting the Yotes 15 - 4 during the first period - a trend that would continue all game - there’s not much to say about the opening.

The second period, however, opened up quickly. Phoenix scored 48 seconds into the period, to tie it at 1 - 1. A mere 3 minutes later, Toews scored on a rebound off of a shot by Andrew Brunette, putting the Hawks up 2 - 1. Minutes later, the see-saw continued with the Coyotes evening up the score 2 - 2.  That tie lasted not even a minute when the Hawks made it 3 - 2. Duncan Keith’s slap shot from the blue line was nicely redirected out in front by Mayers. There’s another kid who has come to town and done a nice job. The rest of the period was scoreless, with the shot on goal totals growing to 27 - 9, Hawks on top. A 5th power play was unsuccessful for the Hawks making them 1 - 5 for the night.

The third period opened with the Hawks on the penalty kill. Hossa was called for a slash as the second period came to an end. The Yotes came up empty. Then, 4 seconds later Phoenix went back to the power play. Dave Bolland answered with a short handed goal bringing the score to 4 - 2. The Coyotes not only gave up a short handed goal, but did not even have a shot on goal during the back to back penalties. That’s got to drive a coaching staff nuts!!  Bickell blasted a nice snap shot in to complete the scoring, making it 5 - 2. Patrick Sharp later had a goal disallowed, after the net was off it’s mooring (for about 20 seconds) when the puck crossed the line.

The Hawks next have a home and home against Colorado. More about the “hot” Av’s next time.

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