By Chris Kuc
12:52 AM CST, January 21, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- 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."
After the Coyotes opened an early lead after Moss' shot from the slot trickled through Emery's pads, Kane worked his magic later in the first while the Hawks were on the power play. The winger slithered through three Coyotes defenders and found a wide-open Bolland in front and the center tapped in a terrific pass.
Vermette made it 2-1 early in the second before the Hawks stepped on the gas. Another pretty passing play resulted in the Hawks tying it. Johnny Oduya hit Bolland with a cross-ice pass and the center then fed Sharp who fired a laser over Smith's right shoulder from the right dot.
Late in the third, the Hawks got goals 50 seconds apart as Hossa and Stalberg found the back of the net. On Hossa's score, the veteran winger took a pass from Rozsival and cruised through the slot before beating Smith.
The crowd was still buzzing when Stalberg took a cross-ice feed from Bryan Bickell and ripped a shot from the right circle that sailed past Smith.
Early in the third, Hossa worked his way into the Coyotes zone and flipped a shot toward Smith from a wide angle. The net-minder made the stop but Smith kicked it in as he held position in the crease.
Goals by Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan drew the Coyotes to within 5-4 early in the third before Bolland scored his second of the game when he redirected a pass from Sharp that hit Smith, popped into the air and landed across the goal line.
"We got some breaks around the net," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We got that goal from Hossa right at the start of the third period and and some of them we got some fortunate goals. (But) we made some nice plays. Bolland's goal was a great play by Kane."
Said the Coyotes' Moss: "We gave them too many chances and we had too many plays where we turned the puck over. We weren't solid in our own end. It's was just too sloppy and it's something we have to clean up and make sure we're not making these mistakes."
When the dust settled, the Hawks had kicked off the season with consecutive road wins and now head to Chicago for the home opener Tuesday night against the Blues.
"It feels good," Quenneville said. "(If) you look at our schedule, it was very challenging and we wanted to make sure that we put ourselves in a good position at the end of this stretch here. Getting points on the road is what we're trying to do. I was very happy with both games in all aspects of our game."
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