Hawks power trio moved around
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The power trio of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa lasted one game and one half a period before coach Joel Quenneville decided to break up the band.
Quenneville moved Kane back to center with Hossa and reunited the pair with Andrew Brunette. Toews centered for Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalber while Marcus Kruger dropped to the fourth line.
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After getting outhit 48-22 by the Coyotes in the series opener, the Blackhawks were not happy campers.
"They basically doubled our hits; personally and around the room we need to pick it up in that category," Bryan Bickell said after Saturday's morning skate.
The Hawks did pick it up early, matching the Coyotes with 12 hits apiece in the first period.
After seeing less than a minute of ice time Thusday courtesy of a big hit by Andrew Shaw, Coyotes' leading scorer Radim Vrbata was back in the starting lineup for Game 2. The Hawks were ready for him.
"We were aware of him going into the series," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's a dangerous player and that line is effective in a lot of ways, be it off the rush or in zone. He's one of those guys that, in tight areas, gets the shot away.
"We want to make sure we're hard on him."
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The Phoenix fans obviously love the "Whiteout." So do the Coyote players. But what about the Blackhawks?t
"It's cool," said Bryan Bickell, who opened the scoring Saturday with a nifty rebound goal on Mike Smith. "You see the white and a couple of red spots (Hawks fans) all over.
"It gets you iunto the game more. During the season sometimes you go some rinks and you can almost hear crickets -- it doesn't rreally get you into the game much."
Brandon Bollig's second-period goal was the first of his short NHL career. ... Sami Lepisto replaced Sean O'Donnell on defense in Game 2. ... Phoenix blocked 27 shots in Game 1, just 1 off its season high. ... Martin Hanzal left the ice in great pain midway through the first period.