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Hawks dominate in Arizona

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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."
Briefly

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.

DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Kane second line opens its (potential) show vs. Red Wings

DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Kane second line opens its (potential) show vs. Red Wings

Coach Joel Quenneville has seen the second line of Alex DeBrincat, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane in a few practices and scrimmages thus far. Now he’ll test them against the opposition.

The trio is expected to be together when the Blackhawks face the Detroit Red Wings tonight at the United Center. Whether this becomes a line in the near future or further down the road (the more likely scenario), it’s a chance to see what the combination of speed and skill can do against another lineup, albeit against a prospect-laden Red Wings roster.

“Yeah, looking forward to seeing that group, Schmaltzy with Kaner is something I want to see as well,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You’re looking for how guys connect as a pair or as line mates. Maybe there’s some chemistry you develop during a game like this.”

Quenneville’s additional look at Schmaltz and Kane is another reminder that the second-line, left-wing spot is the Blackhawks’ new “lottery spot.” DeBrincat is there now and he Schmaltz and Kane are definitely worth a look at this point of the preseason. The plusses are evident: some speed and plenty of skill. The biggest minus would be the lack of size on that line and faceoffs, which are going to be a work in progress for this team overall this season.

Still, the focus right now is what that line could do, be it in the immediate future or later down the road. While Kane is the veteran of the line, he doesn’t foresee having to do a lot of tutelage.

“Sometimes they ask a lot of questions throughout scrimmages and different things,” he said. “Right now you tell them to play their own game. The coaches will take them aside and tell them how to play and as time goes on, when they get more comfortable and even before the season you start talking about things you can work on or things that may be effective throughout the game. But not too much now. I just let them do their own thing.”

DeBrincat said he learned a lot from last year’s training camp that he tried to apply in his final season with the Erie Otters, from improving his overall game to taking better care of himself off the ice. As far as teaming with Kane and Schmaltz, he’ll go with what’s worked for him up to this point.

“Those two guys are very skilled players and for me, I’m just trying to find some open ice and get into open areas to where they can pass to me because both are tremendous passers,” he said. “I just have to find my areas and read off them.”

Thursday’s preseason home opener was about getting good looks, the one Quenneville will take of that whole second line – and of Kane and Schmaltz – and to see if that combination can generate anything off the good looks they’ll get against the Red Wings. For DeBrincat it’s a chance to see what he can do at the next level and whether it earns him something big now or later.

“I just wanted to get my chance and I think they’re giving me as many chances as they can,” DeBrincat said. “Hopefully I can just run away with it and do what I do.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Did Artemi Panarin throw shade at Patrick Kane?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Did Artemi Panarin throw shade at Patrick Kane?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Tracey Myers discuss the first week of training camp. Alex DeBrincat will skate on Patrick Kane’s line with Nick Schmaltz in Thursday’s preseason game, but is DeBrincat ready for the NHL?

In Columbus, Artemi Panarin talked to the Tribune and Sun-Times about the trade. The Breadman did his best Kane impression saying ‘‘This is business, baby.’’ Panarin also said that in Columbus ‘‘I can play a little bit more with the puck,’’ adding via an interpreter ‘‘Just kind of express myself on the ice a little bit more.’’

Boyle and Myers debate whether this is Panarin’s attempt to throw shade at Kane and the Hawks.

They also discuss which defenseman have turned some heads in the first week of camp, Anton Forsberg’s impressive debut as Corey Crawford’s under study, and who might be “the guy” to bring the young Blackhawks and the core group together.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here: