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Hawks keep wins coming, get revenge on Coyotes

Feb 8, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

Going into Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told CSN Chicago that winning was the way to get even for what happened during the 2012 playoffs. Well, Chicago did that and more tonight.

In Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres‘ first game against the Chicago Blackhawks since he delivered a hit that hospitalized and concussed Marian Hossa, Torres and Chicago’s Jamal Mayers were quick to drop their gloves.

Both players got in some big blows in the first period sparring match, but in the end, it was Chicago that was energized by the fight.

The Blackhawks followed the fight up with four unanswered goals within the span of 10:08 minutes. Phoenix played a more even game over the final 40 minutes and Torres even found the back of the net, but the damage was done.

After the game, Chicago’s players were singing Mayers’ praises for his role in this contest.

“It takes a lot of guts to do something like that. …Credit to Jamal for doing it, that’s the toughest job in the game,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said, according to Chicago Sun Times writer Mark Lazerus. Sharp also tips his cap to Torres for participating in the brawl.

Chicago improved to a stunning 9-0-2 with its 6-2 victory over Phoenix.

  1. rarelyshaves - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    just awesome. these guys are showing the toughness, spontaneity, and resilience of the 2010 squad. couldn’t be more content with their play.

  2. slickdemetrius - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Nordiques need to toughen up.

  3. 19to77 - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Jesus. Eleven games and no-one can take them without going to shootout. That’s terrifying. What’s anyone supposed to do to stop them when the playoffs roll around and you can’t just get free 1-on-1s with their goalie if you survive long enough?

    • homelanddefense - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Ok, they look very strong, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. There are 3 other teams that only have 1 regulation loss…

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Agreed.

        To be fair, each of those teams have played at least half of their games at home. Chicago’s played 2. Then again, two of those teams (Anaheim and Boston) had their only regulation loss at home, so, boy was this comment pointless.

  4. crnvic847 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    You mean the Jets need to toughen up.

  5. tone360 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Hawk-y in full swing. Leddy sure is coming along.

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