GLENDALE, Ariz. – One slick play by Chicago’s Dave Bolland spoiled any chance for the Phoenix Coyotes to steal a game they didn’t deserve to win.
The Coyotes had been outplayed throughout but were just one goal down and on a power play early in the third period when Bolland stole the puck from Radim Vrbata and sent a slap shot past Jason LaBarbera for his fourth goal in five games this season. The Blackhawks then went on to beat Phoenix 5-2 on Tuesday night.
“Huge,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “It’s still a one-goal game, they got a power play, then they got another power play. But the shorties (short-handed goals) they really can change the momentum of the game. Getting an insurance goal at that point in the game was huge for us.”
Quenneville said Bolland has “a quick stick” and he used it to knock the puck away from Vrbata, and then score on the breakaway.
“It’s a huge advantage when you score on the PK (penalty kill),” Bolland said. “It gets the guys going, gets everybody going on the bench there.”
Bolland’s assist helped set up Bryan Bickell’s goal that made it 5-2 just 6 1/2 minutes later for the Blackhawks, who outshot Phoenix 35-16.
Marian Hossa, back after missing a game with an undisclosed upper body injury, scored Chicago’s first goal when his team had a two-man advantage in the first period.
Jonathan Toews and Jamal Mayers also scored for Chicago.
Taylor Pyatt and Ray Whitney had goals for Phoenix.
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett had hoped his team would build on its spirited victory over Winnipeg in Phoenix’s home opener on Saturday. But there is a big difference between the deep, talented Blackhawks and the Jets.
“That wasn’t what I expected out of our group,” Tippett said. “Our execution was poor. Some of that was the tempo that Chicago played at and the lack of tempo we played at. That wasn’t the game I was looking for from our guys.”
The Blackhawks were 2 of 18 on power plays this season before Hossa’s goal. The forward had been questionable Tuesday after sitting out Saturday’s game against Boston and failing to practice on Friday and Monday.
“It’s always great when you come back and the team wins,” Hossa said. “I’m glad I could help. … You’re supposed to score on 5 on 3 and I think we have a good team with a lot of skill, so we should have scored.”
LaBarbera had 30 saves in his second start of the season. He weathered a 13-shot barrage before Hossa’s sizzling slap shot from just outside the left circle on a two-man advantage found the net with 4:54 to play in the first period. The Coyotes’ Adrian Aucoin (interference) and Lauri Korpikoski (hooking) were in the penalty box when the goal was scored.
Phoenix, outshot 15-4 in the first period, blew a chance for a goal when Derek Morris skated behind the Chicago net and passed to Daymond Langkow. With a wide-open net in front of him, Langkow couldn’t corral the pass.
Four goals were scored in the first 8:36 of the second period.
The Coyotes tied it 1-1 just 42 seconds into the period when Rostislav Klesla’s shot from the point was deflected past goalie Corey Crawford, and Pyatt deflected the rebound into the net. But Chicago regained the lead 2-1 at 3:26 when LaBarbera couldn’t hold Andrew Brunette’s shot, and Toews tapped in the puck.
Again, Phoenix responded. Chicago’s Duncan Keith lost control of a pass, and Langkow took possession. He passed to Whitney, whose wrister zipped into the upper left corner of the net to make it 2-2 with 12:12 to go in the second period. The Blackhawks finished the scoring binge when Mayers tipped in Keith’s shot with 11:24 left in the second period to give Chicago a 3-2 lead.
The Blackhawks outshot the Coyotes 27-9 through two periods.
“We executed poor and we played slow,” Tippett said, “which plays right into their hands.”
NOTES: The Coyotes’ record for fewest shots in a game is 11, set in 1998 and matched in 1999. … A crowd of 11,051, many of them Chicago fans, watched Phoenix’s second home game. A capacity crowd of more than 17,000 attended Saturday’s home opener against Winnipeg. … Phoenix captain Shane Doan remains one shy of 300 career goals. … Two of the four games between Chicago and Phoenix last season, and four of the previous seven regular-season games were decided by shootouts.