NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Phoenix
(Saturday, March 10th)
Final Score: Chicago 7, Phoenix 5
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jeff Hamilton had a five-point night, including his second career hat trick, and Patrick Sharp scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 7-5.
Tuomo Ruutu and Mikael Holmqvist also tallied for the Blackhawks, who equaled a season-best three-game winning streak. Rene Bourque had three assists, and Nikolai Khabibulin finished with 32 saves for Chicago.
"It was a fun game, and we started off well in the first getting up 4-0," said Hamilton afterward. "(The fights helped) It got everybody in the game right away. We were doing the simple things early. We were chipping it in, pounding them on the forecheck and we got up early."
"I definitely have been streaky," Hamilton added. "I think I had only one goal in the last 10 or 12 games. It is nice to get those three tonight. We are on a little bit of a role. I guess three games count as a winning streak."
Mathias Tjarnqvist had a goal and an assist for Phoenix, which has dropped five straight. Bill Thomas, Mike Zigomanis, Jeff Taffe and Daniel Carcillo also tallied for the Coyotes, while Niko Kapanen had two assists and Derek Morris added three helpers.
Mikael Tellqvist started in net but allowed five goals on 17 shots before he was replaced by Curtis Joseph, who stopped 12 of 14 shots the rest of the way.
Ruutu ignited the eight-goal first period barrage between the squads when he stuffed the puck past the diving Tellqvist with a wrist shot to make it 1-0 at 6:31.
Sharp made it 2-0 when he collected a pass from Bourque and beat Tellqvist on the stick side 8:31. He then tacked on his second goal, a power play marker, with a one-timer from the right circle at 11:04 that made it 3-0.
The onslaught continued as Holmqvist made it 4-0 just 17 seconds later, knocking the disc into the wide open net off a scrum in front.
Phoenix finally broke through with a goal on the man-advantage to make it 4-1, as Thomas stuffed a backhand shot past Khabibulin at 13:29, while Zigomanis made it 4-2 on a one-time shot that went off the inside of the right post at 14:44.
A breakaway goal by Hamilton made it 5-2 at 17:58, but Taffe had a tip-in goal on the power play to bring Phoenix within 5-3 with just 49 seconds left in the first period.
Hamilton collected his second goal when he rifled a long slapshot from just inside the blue line that slipped under the glove of Belfour with 3:27 remaining in the second.
Hamilton then completed the hat trick when he broke in all alone and wristed a shot high over the glove of Joseph at 19:23.
Carcillo collected his first career NHL goal when he accepted a perfect feed from Kapanen through the crease and wristed a shot off the inside of the far post at 6:40 in the third stanza.
Tjarnqvist slipped the puck through the five-hole of Khabibuilin with one minute remaining to cap the scoring.
"I am not disappointed about the effort," said Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky. "I think every guy was working as hard as he can but we beat ourselves tonight. You win and lose as a team, but we had a couple of guys who didn't have their best game."
"It is not a time to sit and mope and put about it," Gretzky added. "We have a lot of young guys. It is going to be a tough road a little bit but it is better to have a light at the end of the tunnel then to be kicking around in 10th or 11th place thinking we are close to making the playoffs. Believe me it is no fun for everybody but these kids are going to get better."
There were 27 penalties in the contest, including nine majors and two game misconducts, both on Chicago defenseman David Koci, who was involved in three fights. Koci, who was making his NHL debut, racked up 42 minutes in penalties in just over two minutes of ice time...Chicago defenseman Jim Wisniewski tore a ligament in his right knee on Tuesday against Los Angeles and is out indefinitely...The Blackhawks are 1-3 in four meetings with the Coyotes this season...Chicago also had a three-game winning streak from November 29- December 2.
03/11 01:33:00 ET