Al Cimaglia | Feb 08, 2013 | Comments 0
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -It didn’t take long for Jamal Mayers to try to settle the score with Raffi Torres for his head shot to Marian Hossa during the playoffs.It also didn’t take more than 18:25 for the Blackhawks to take a commanding 4-0 lead in Phoenix. In the most complete effort of the road trip the Hawks smoked the Coyotes 6-2.Sometimes scores are misleading but last night the Blackhawks were as good and the Coyotes as bad as the scoreboard reflected. The Coyotes were careless and took bad penalties
while chasing the Hawks for much of the game. In his second start versus Chicago goal tender Mike Smith wasn’t on top of his game. Smith looked tentative and bewildered. The Coyotes aren’t used to having a bunch of goals scored against them.Smith has allowed 12 goals versus the Hawks in two games this year. Actually it is in less than two full games as Smith was replaced by backup Jason LaBarbera at the 15:08 mark of the middle frame. The 12 goals scored on Smith, in less than two full games, is the same total he surrendered to the Blackhawks in six playoff battles last spring.
Ray Emery got his second victory versus the Coyotes this season. He was much better than in his first performance in the dessert. Emery is playing his best hockey as a Blackhawk and appears to be moving more smoothly from post to post. Maybe the extra time off may have benefited his surgically repaired hip. Whatever the reason, Emery is in top form.
A great sign for Blackhawk faithful is there have been contributions from every line
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