It's no surprise that two of the Phoenix Coyotes' best offensive games in the first round were in Games 1 and 6. Those were the two games the Coyotes had top-line center Martin Hanzal healthy from beginning to end.
Center - PHX
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 6 | +/-: 0
Hanzal started the Coyotes rolling to their first-round series win against the Chicago Blackhawks
by using his two biggest strengths in Game 1. With 10:37 left in overtime, Hanzal beat the Hawks' Marcus Krueger on a faceoff to the right of the Chicago goal. He won the puck back to Rostislav Klesla
, who shot wide, but the rebound went to Adrian Aucoin
, who fired a shot from the right point. Hanzal parked his 6-foot-6, 236-pound body in the low slot and deflected the shot past Corey Crawford
the winning goal.
But in Game 2, he left after just three shifts with a lower-body injury that kept him out for Games 3, 4 and 5. He returned in Game 6, and while he didn't get on the scoresheet, he kept Crawford from seeing Oliver Ekman-Larsson's shot for the game's first goal en route to a 4-0 series-clinching win.