It was hyped to be the biggest game of the day, if not the week or entire season. Everyone anticipating the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes wondered if and when the two teams would come to blows. It didn’t take long in the first period for their curiosity to be satisfied.
It happened two and a half minutes into the first period when Jamal Mayers, who’d been chirping Raffi Torres from the bench, hit the ice to take his shift and immediately dropped the gloves with Torres, drawing blood during the fight. It was a necessary step to exorcising the specter of the hit on Marian Hossa that had lingered for too long, and it opened the door for the Blackhawks to dominate the Coyotes for the rest of the game.
But the night belonged to Patrick Kane as he scored two goals and an assist in the Blackhawks’ 6-2 over the Coyotes, with his goals each coming on a 5-on-3 power play. This brings Kane to 18 points in 11 games, and he’s now behind Tomas Vanek in points in the entire league. Patrick Sharp had three assists, while Jonathan Toews tallied a goal and an assist.
Torres would be a footnote in the end, only recording roughly 11 minutes total ice time and scoring the Coyotes’ second goal of the night. By that point in the third period, the game was soundly in the Blackhawks’ hands.
The Coyotes fell apart, taking a total of 12 penalties and a total of 35 PIM in the game, including a 10 minute misconduct for Keith Yandle.