Al Cimaglia | Jan 21, 2013 | Comments 0
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -While facing the Coyotes on Sunday night, it took the Blackhawks about seven minutes or so to get their legs under them. Ray Emery got the start in goal and made most stops look more difficult than needed. It didn’t matter as Phoenix goalkeeper Mike Smith was less than average and Marian Hossa was special. The end result is the Blackhawks are 2-0 in 2013 after recording a 6-4 thumping of the Coyotes in the desert.This game was not a masterpiece, somewhat sloppy would be a better description but it was fun to watch. The Coyotes are an easy team to dislike. They whine and aren’t above delivering some cheap shots. The Blackhawks will have a tall task on Tuesday night versus possibly the best team in the Central Division, the St. Louis Blues.For now the Hawks have followed the same script in two games and only need to tighten things up a bit and have better goaltending than Sunday night.
The star players have found ways to score. The defense has been good, especially considering Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook have not been the best players on the blueline. Plus, both have seen reduced playing time compared to the past and if that trend continues it should bode well for later in the season. The penalty killing has been very good and the power play has been better and those are significant improvements.
As long as the Blackhawks can play at a fast pace and fill the net there will be no issues. In case anyone was wondering, scoring 11 goals in two games qualifies as filling the net.
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