GLENDALE—The Blackhawks hadn’t scored a power-play goal in three games, yet their unit ranks among the top five in the NHL.That showed Tuesday night when the Hawks converted on three of four man-advantage situations in a 7-5 win over the Arizona Coyotes.Patrick Kane scored a goal, assisted on two others and raised his NHL-leading point total to 53. Andrew Desjardins scored twice for the Blackhawks, his second and third of the season, and the Hawks overcame Shane Doan’s hat trick while setting a season high for goals in a game.
”The last few games we haven’t had very many (power-play) opportunities, so sometimes you get out of sync,” Kane said. ”We were 3 for 3 on our first three, so that helps when you get that going.”
Artem Anisimov scored his 13th of the season, Brent Seabrook had two assists and Duncan Keith added a goal and an assist.Doan scored three times for the Coyotes, tying Dale Hawerchuk for the franchise record with 379 career goals. Doan’s third of the night came on a power play with 27.1 seconds left.
”That would be a lot nicer if that was to tie the game instead of to make it a two-goal game,” Doan said. ”Obviously you appreciate it and you’re glad you did, but there’s no joy out of scoring in a game like that.”
The milestone wasn’t lost on his coach.
”It’s an unbelievable sacrifice he makes and the leadership he shows, that this game is out of hand and he’s not going to quit,” the Coyotes’ Dave Tippett said. ”So that’s a great lesson for our young guys in the lineup tonight.”
Desjardins’ first goal 2 minutes into the second gave the Blackhawks a 4-2 lead. Kane made it 5-2 with his goal with 6:12 to play in the period.Corey Crawford stopped 32 shots, though he allowed third-period goals to Doan and Connor Murphy as the Coyotes cut into a 6-2 lead.Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tobias Rieder contributed three assists apiece for the Coyotes. Michael Stone added two assists.The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of power-play goals early in the first. Keith put in a shot off a slick backhand pass from Kane at the 13:39 mark, and Anisimov deflected a wrist shot through traffic from Seabrook and past goalie Anders Lindback just more than a minute later.Lindback was removed after the first period with only two stops on five shots. He was replaced by Louis Domingue, who made 19 saves.
”We need saves. Your goaltending is a big part of your penalty kill,” Tippett said. ”It shows us just how far we’ve got to go.”
The Hawks made it 3-2 on a third power-play goal when Artemi Panarin scored with an open shot after a pass from Seabrook. The Blackhawks were 0 for 4 on the power play in their previous three games.Panarin, a rookie, raised his season total to 11 goals.Arizona tied it at 2 in the first period with goals less than 2 minutes apart. Doan bounced a chip shot past Crawford with 9:42 to play, and defenseman Zbynek Michalek scored on a pass from behind the net from Ekman-Larsson.Michalek left the game in the final few minutes after taking a hit from the Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa.Desjardins fired a puck off the body of the Coyotes’ Nicklas Grossman and into the net with 14:56 left in the game for his second goal. Jonathan Toews scored an empty-net goal with 1:39 to play.
”I’ll take them. You’re just trying to get pucks to the net and good things happen, I guess,” Desjardins said.
NOTES—Coyotes C Antoine Vermette faced his former teammates for the first time this season. Arizona traded him to the Blackhawks last season in time for Vermette to help them win the Stanley Cup with seven points in 20 playoff games. Vermette then re-signed with the Coyotes last summer. … Coyotes C Laurent Dauphin, 20, made his NHL debut after being called up from Springfield of the AHL earlier Tuesday. Dauphin and fellow call-up Craig Cunningham played on the fourth line. … The Hawks are 19-3-2 this season when scoring first. … Arizona Senator John McCain performed the ceremonial opening puck drop at center ice before the game.