Hawks vs. Coyotes: Season series in review
BY BEN MEYER-ABBOTT firstname.lastname@example.org April 11, 2012 10:06PM
Phoenix Coyotes Headshots
Updated: May 13, 2012 10:28AM
Oct. 18: Hawks 5, Coyotes 2
With the Hawks leading 3-2 early in the third and on the penalty kill, Dave Bolland (36, above) stole the puck from Radim Vrbata before smashing a slap shot past Jason
LaBarbera to help seal the road victory.
It was Bolland’s fourth goal in five games. Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers and Bryan Bickell also scored.
Corey Crawford had 14 saves as the Hawks outshot the Coyotes 35-16, including 15-4 in the first period, in one of their most complete victories of the first half of the season.
Nov. 29: Coyotes 4, Hawks 1
Daymond Langkow, Shane Doan, Vrbata and Ray Whitney scored for the Coyotes, who jumped on a sluggish Hawks team that was playing its first game at the United Center after the circus trip.
Goalie Mike Smith (above) stopped 24 of 25 shots to get the first of his three victories against the Hawks this season.
Patrick Sharp scored with 42.9 seconds left to ruin Smith’s shutout bid. Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 21 shots.
Dec. 5: Coyotes 4, Hawks 3
Smith stopped Toews and Hossa in a shootout to cap a
32-save night as the Coyotes got their second victory in a week at the United Center.
Toews continued his hot start to the season with two goals and set up Patrick Kane (above) with a nice pass for the tying goal as the Hawks came back from a 3-0 deficit.
Raffi Torres, Vrbata and Keith Yandle scored for the
Coyotes, who once again chased Crawford with three goals on 16 shots.
Feb. 11: Coyotes 3, Hawks 0
Smith stopped all 38 shots he faced to finish the season series against the Hawks with a .959 save percentage. It was the eighth consecutive loss for the Hawks in a nine-game skid that sent them plummeting from first in the NHL to sixth in the Western Conference.
Vrbata scored his third goal of the season against his
former team as the Coyotes sealed a 3-1-0 record in the season series.