Hawks dominate in Arizona


Hawks dominate in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago Blackhawks have sometimes struggled to find that insurance goal, that score to give them a little breathing room late in games.

And on a night when the power play was sputtering some again, they found that goal with their other special teams.

Dave Bolland scored a short-handed goal early in the third period and the Blackhawks' kill helped them to a 5-2 victory against the Coyotes on Tuesday night. Bolland's goal gave the Blackhawks that elusive two-goal lead and helped them regain momentum after taking back-to-back penalties to start the third.

"If I can do that every game it would be nice," Bolland said with a grin. "It was a good break. It's a huge advantage when you score on the PK; it gets the guys going."

Duncan Keith, who had two assists on the night, said, "to get that extra goal, it's what we were looking for in the Boston game (on Saturday night). To get that tonight, that shows you there's the difference how it changes the game."

Marian Hossa, back after missing Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, scored the Blackhawks' lone power-play goal (5 on 3). Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers and Bryan Bickell also scored. Corey Crawford got the victory.

The Blackhawks kept Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera busy, peppering him with 35 shots. They went on the power play five times. Despite all of that, the Blackhawks just couldn't find breathing room. And with Hossa in the box to start the third period, and Patrick Sharp whistled just as Hossa's penalty ended, the Blackhawks were playing with fire in another tight game.

Enter Bolland, whose steal and shot provided a cushion and woke up the Blackhawks.

"Bolley has a quick stick and deceptive shot," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Obviously that turned into a huge goal for us."

Hossa returns

Hossa was back after missing Saturday with an upper body injury. The right wing, back with linemates Patrick Kane and Daniel Carcillo, played just under 18 minutes, recording a goal on three shots and two takeaways. Hossa said he was feeling pretty good after the game.

"After not practicing four days I was afraid but I tried to keep short shifts and (linemates) helped me," he said. "It felt pretty good for the first game (back). We'll see how it feels on the flight back, but so far it feels good."

The Blackhawks' penalty kill was 3 for 3 on Tuesday and is now 8 for 8 over the last three games.

Keith was a plus-3 on the night.

Toews was 17 of 21 in the faceoff circle.

Mayers' goal was his first with the Blackhawks.

Trevor van Riemsdyk out about a month as Blackhawks host Toronto

Trevor van Riemsdyk out about a month as Blackhawks host Toronto

Trevor van Riemsdyk will miss about a month with an upper-body injury he sustained in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to Columbus on Friday night.

Van Riemsdyk was injured late in the second period when he slid into the net, his right arm/shoulder colliding with the post. Coach Joel Quenneville said van Riemsdyk’s injury, as of now, doesn’t require surgery. Quenneville wasn’t sure if van Riemsdyk would be put on injured reserve. The defenseman played all 82 games for the Blackhawks last season but had injury problems prior to that.

In good news, Marian Hossa is now “likely” to play Saturday night, Quenneville said. Hossa has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury he sustained on Tuesday night.

Scott Darling will get the start vs. the Maple Leafs. The Blackhawks have had an up-and-down start to the season. Once again, their penalty kill hasn’t helped. It allowed two more goals to the Blue Jackets and has now allowed 11 through the first five games.

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“We can’t say much about our PK right now. It’s definitely a sore spot and it’s almost like let’s look at it as a fresh beginning and look at trying to get through one kill, and the first 20 seconds get through that rotation,” Quenneville said. “Let’s take baby steps in our approach, whether it’s a four-man pressure, denying entries or up-ice pressure, in the shooting lanes, make sure we’re clearing, all the things that go into it. It’s been tough right now and certainly we have to repair it and fix it tonight.”

Meanwhile, there’s nothing new to report on Andrew Desjardins, who suffered a lower-body injury in the Blackhawks’ preseason finale in St. Louis. Quenneville said it’ll still be a few weeks until Desjardins skates.


Time: 6 p.m.


Radio: WGN

Projected lineups


Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Nick Schmaltz-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Brian Campbell

Scott Darling

Injuries: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body)

Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander-Auston Matthews-Zach Hyman

James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Mitchell Marner

Milan Michalek-Nazem Kadri-Leo Komarov

Matt Martin-Peter Holland-Connor Brown

Morgan Rielly-Connor Carrick

Jake Gardiner-Roman Polak

Matt Hunwick-Nikita Zaitsev

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Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Same mistakes resurface

Five Things from Blackhawks-Blue Jackets: Same mistakes resurface

COLUMBUS, Ohio – We’ll save you some time tonight. The Blackhawks lost another one in familiar fashion. You can guess what our focus will be, so let’s get right to it.

Here are Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

1. We’re trying not to pick on the penalty kill again, but… it cost them again. The Blackhawks gave up their 10th and 11th power-play goals in their first five games on Friday night. Opponents are planting themselves in front of Corey Crawford and, be it screens or tips, they’re capitalizing. Long-distance shots are getting through far too often. “I think our focus always has to be 5-on-5. When our effort and our energy and our work ethic is there it usually translates into our special teams and I don’t know. It’s frustrating," Jonathan Toews said. "We definitely have to keep pushing to find a solution. Even when it seems like we’re doing a good job bounces go against us. We deserve all the criticism and we just have to keep finding ways, dig deep and really try to dig ourselves out of this thing.”

2. The seven-defenseman set. Quenneville didn’t want Trevor van Riemsdyk sitting out too long, and for a few days it looked like Brian Campbell was going to be the odd-man out tonight. Instead the Blackhawks went with seven, which gave them the chance to rotate and put Campbell back on his natural left. With that, however, the forward lines were naturally skewed. Patrick Kane played nearly 29 minutes. Quenneville said earlier this season that it wouldn’t be something the Blackhawks would try often. Speaking of van Riemsdyk…

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3. Van Riemsdyk hurt again. You have to feel for van Riemsdyk. He finally got healthy last season playing in all 82 games after knee and wrist injuries sidelined him the previous one. Now it looks like he’ll be out again after he went hard into the net late in the second period. Van Riemsdyk got tangled up and his right arm/shoulder collided with the post.

4. Tyler Motte gets his first. The University of Michigan product scored his first career NHL goal, a rebound off a Toews shot in the second period. Considering the game’s outcome, however, Motte’s enthusiasm was tempered. “It was exciting. It felt good to chip in offensively but obviously the real story is us losing another game,” he said. “We were better in the offensive zone but there are still some things to improve on. The most important thing is winning games.”

5. Brandon Saad great but stymied. The former Blackhawks left wing had some tremendous scoring opportunities on Friday. He had a team-high seven shots, most high quality, but Crawford stopped him every time. Just in case anyone needed a reminder of what the kid is capable of, regardless of which sweater he’s wearing.