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Kane, Desjardins help Blackhawks outscore Coyotes

by Jerry Brown

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After scoring one goal in back-to-back losses, the Chicago Blackhawks relied on their power play to get their offense back on track.

Patrick Kane scored his 22nd goal of the season and assisted on two of Chicago's power-play goals in the first period, helping the Blackhawks to a 7-5 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks have 14 power-play goals in 51 attempts on the road this season (27.5 percent). Their success with the extra man helped them put the Coyotes in a quick hole early.

"We were three for our first three power plays, and that's nice to rely on if you are struggling to score," said Kane, who leads the NHL in scoring with 53 points. "It's been inconsistent over the years, but we have two good units right now and a lot of depth.

"If one unit doesn't get it started, the other one wants to get out there for a chance to cash in."

Kane is one goal behind League leader Benn of the Dallas Stars.

Arizona's loss overshadowed a great individual effort by captain Shane Doan, who completed the second hat trick of his career and tied Dale Hawerchuk for the all-time franchise record with his 379th career goal when he scored a power-play goal with 27.1 seconds remaining.

"Obviously I'm a big fan of [Hawerchuk's], so that's pretty good. But I just wish it had come on another night," Doan said. "It would have been nice if that goal tied the game instead of putting us within two in a loss. You don't get a lot of joy out of it."

Duncan Keith, Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin all scored power-play goals in the first period for the Blackhawks (21-13-4). Andrew Desjardins scored two goals, double his output over the first 32 games, and Jonathan Toews had an empty-netter. Chicago won for the seventh time in its past eight trips to Arizona, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Corey Crawford made 32 saves to win for the 19th time this season.

"We made it exciting in the end," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Our power play was great. We haven't had a lead like that all year but we have to play the right way when we get it. Hopefully it will happen again.

Zbynek Michalek and Connor Murphy also scored for the Coyotes (17-16-3).

Arizona starter Anders Lindback allowed three goals on five shots in the first period before giving way to backup Louis Domingue, who made 19 saves in relief. It's the seventh time in the past 13 games that the Coyotes have allowed at least five goals, and the second time they have allowed seven.

The Blackhawks had one even-strength shot and were outshot 12-5 in the first period, but the power play was sharp right away.

Kane was hooked down by Arizona's Anthony Duclair for the first of 12 penalties in the game. With the man advantage, he gained the line with speed and dropped a backhand pass to Keith, who put a one-timer past Lindback's glove from the left circle for his sixth goal at 6:21.

Keith had a goal and two assists.

Murphy went to the box 33 seconds later and the Blackhawks needed two shots to double their lead. Kane fed defenseman Brent Seabrook in the high slot; his shot was deflected in front by Anisimov and went past Lindback at 7:36 to make it 2-0.

But Arizona got back into the game at 10:18 with the help of a friendly bounce. Doan flipped a shot from the blue line that took one big hop and went over Crawford's glove to start his big night.

The Coyotes tied the game 1:49 later. Oliver Ekman-Larsson made a pass from behind the net and Michalek put the shot off the far post and past Crawford at 12:07. It was the 24th goal in 36 games by Arizona defenseman, who have scored in 13 of the past 18 games, and the first of three assists for Ekman-Larsson, who left the game in the final minute with a lower-body injury.

But another Arizona penalty opened the door for Chicago. With Michalek in the box, Panarin whacked a Seabrook feed from the high slot past Lindback and under the crossbar at 19:08 to put Chicago ahead to stay.

It was the seventh goal allowed by the Coyotes' penalty kill in its past 14 chances.

"The goalie's job is to stop the puck," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. "There are screens … but three out of five shots go in. We need some more saves."

Domingue replaced Lindback to start the second period.

Chicago needed two minutes of the second period to stretch the lead. Teuvo Teravainen dropped a pass to Desjardins for an innocent-looking wrist shot from the top of the right circle that squeezed under Domingue's glove and pad.

Kane gave Chicago a three-goal lead at 7:08 when he took a pass from Andrew Shaw and hit a wide-open net. Desjardins made it 6-2 at 5:04 of the third period. Domingue made the save on his shot but the rebound bounded off of Arizona defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and into the net for his third goal of the year and second of the night.

"I don't know if those were called goal-scorers' goals but I'll take them," Desjardins said. "I was trying to get pucks to the net and good things happened."

Doan got his second of the night on the power play at 7:17 and Murphy made it 6-4 just after another power play expired with a shot off the post at 13:03. But Toews put the game away with his empty-netter before Doan scored his record-tying goal.

"It's an unbelievable sacrifice he makes and the leadership he shows that when a game is out of hand he's not going to quit," Tippett said of Doan. "That's a great lesson for our guys in the lineup."

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