Revenge is a dish best served with an offensive onslaught.
In their first meeting with the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season during a series which was heated and included a terrifying injury to Marian Hossa, the Blackhawks got off the mat after an early deficit and defeated the Coyotes 6-4 on Sunday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Hossa, playing in his second game after recovering from a serious concussion as a result of an illegal hit by the Coyotes' Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals in April, had two goals to help lead the Hawks to their second consecutive win to start the season.
"It definitely feels good, especially winning in this building," Hossa said. "We always have a tough time playing against this team in this building. We played well five-on-five and the key is rolling four lines. Then everybody is energized. If we can do this, it's going to be a big key for us in the future.
"I came to the game (with) no hard feelings," Hossa added. "I tried to take it as another game for me and just prepared as I always do. It is a big two points."
Dave Bolland had two goals and an assist, Patrick Sharp added a goal and an assist and Viktor Stalberg also scored for the Hawks. Patrick Kane and Michal Rozsival -- who was a member of the Coyotes last season -- each added two assists.
Ray Emery rebounded from a tough start to earn the victory in goal while Mike Smith, who stymied the Hawks in last season's playoff showdown, suffered the loss. Shane Doan had a goal and an assist while David Moss, Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal also scored for Phoenix, which has dropped its first two games of 2013.
"We go back to last year, there was a little bit of unfinished business when they beat us," Bolland said. "We came in with a strong game. We all know our roles (and) we have a lot of depth. The way we're playing is great right now."
Blackhawks handle Coyotes 6-4
Chicago Tribune | Jan 21