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Toews, Burish lead offense as Huet blanks Coyotes

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- As long as the Detroit Red Wings

are not on the other side of the ice, the Chicago Blackhawks are

proving to be invincible.

Captain Jonathan Toews scored two goals and set up another and

Adam Burish notched a tally and two assists as the Blackhawks

posted a 6-0 triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday behind

a 22-save performance from Cristobal Huet.

Rookie Kris Versteeg, Colin Fraser and Ben Eager also scored

while Dave Bolland and defenseman Duncan Keith each recorded two

assists for the Blackhawks, who have won six straight meetings

with the Coyotes, including all four this season.

"Since the last time we've seen them, they're a different team,"

Toews said of Phoenix. "They've climbed up a little bit in the

standings and they're hungry, too, considering what happened in

Chicago about a month ago (7-1 Blackhawks win on December 7).

We knew they were going to come at us hard."

"It was a good game," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "I

thought we did a lot of good things, particularly the great

start we had. A lot of pucks were going in for us and I still

thought we checked well the last two periods. Huey made some

key stops that preserved the shutout. I liked their game in all

aspects of it."

Huet turned aside seven shots in each of the first two periods

and eight in the third en route to his second shutout of the

season and 19th career.

"A couple of the guys were talking and we said, 'They can't buy

one,'" Burish said. "They couldn't do anything to get a goal.

Huey was making saves he wasn't even seeing. One of those

nights when things were going well."

The French goaltender was happy with the offensive support he


"Obviously, it's good to have a team like that who can score

that many goals," Huet said.

With the victory, Chicago improved to 12-2-1 over its last 15

games, with all three losses coming at the hands of Detroit.

The Blackhawks' last setback against a team other than the Red

Wings came on November 29, when they dropped a 5-2 decision to

the Los Angeles Kings.

Mikael Tellqvist allowed four goals on 13 shots in the first

session before being replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 26

saves over the final two periods.

"They had a couple of goals that maybe shouldn't have went in

and we got behind," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We have

to regroup. We got beat fair and square by a pretty good hockey


The Coyotes have been held scoreless over their last two games

and blanked in each of their last three losses.

"We're all choked about tonight and there's no excuses," Phoenix

rookie Kyle Turris said. "We didn't score a goal the last two

games. We have to come out on a mission next game and make sure

that come first period, we're ready and we're going to score.

If somebody has to eat a post to put it in the net, then that's

what we're going to do."

With the setback, the Coyotes fell to 8-3-1 in their last 12

home games.

"It's embarrassing," Phoenix captain Shane Doan said of

Tuesday's defeat. "I don't know what else to say. Give them

all the credit in the world. They beat us bad three times."

Celebrating his 26th birthday, Burish ignited a burst of four

goals in less than five minutes with 8:14 remaining in the first

period, beating Tellqvist with a high wrist shot from the bottom

of the left faceoff circle for his first tally of the season.

"That was fun. It's nice to get your first one, and on your

birthday's pretty neat," Burish said. "The guy I feel bad about

right now is Kaner (Patrick Kane). Not sure how he's going to

get his spot back. He's going to have to fight me for it."

Kane missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

Versteeg doubled the lead with 5:38 to go with his fifth goal in

six games. After Toews' snap shot from the top of the slot

trickled behind Tellqvist, the 22-year-old Versteeg grabbed the

puck and buried it into a vacant net.

"They just outworked us," Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris said.

"We didn't come out to play tonight. We didn't have a

forecheck, we didn't have a backcheck and they were hitting us

with 3-on-2s all night."

"They scored on us early and kept scoring," Doan added. "It was

the same as the last time we played them."

Fraser made it 3-0 just 38 seconds later, when Burish's

cross-crease pass caromed off his skate and past Tellqvist, and

Eager capped the onslaught with 3:38 to go in the first by

converting a rebound from the right hash marks.

"All our lines are contributing and we're getting production

from a lot of different areas," Quenneville said.

"When we can get up early like that, we can play well with the

lead," Toews said.

Toews completed the scoring with a goal in each of the final two


After knocking in a rebound from the doorstep with 74 seconds

remaining in the second, the 20-year-old intercepted a clearing

attempt in the offensive zone and fired the puck between the

pads of Bryzgalov from the left circle with 5:12 to go in the

third to complete his third two-goal effort of the season.

The game was the opener of a three-game road trip for the

Blackhawks, who improved to 10-6-3 away from home this campaign.

"It was a game that we wanted to get off on a good start on this

trip," Quenneville said. "Guys have been really diligent in

their preparation for this trip. No matter who the opposition

is, we want to make sure we're consistent in our game, and

today, we were."

"I think you always want to start these type of road trips on a

good note," Toews added. "I think we're mature enough to take

it one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves. We went

out there and took it one period at a time and got the win. Now

it's time to build on that win."



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