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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 5, Coyotes 2

By Ron Matejko
Special to ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz.--The Chicago Blackhawks ended their seven-game trip on a winning note with a 5-2 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night.

How it happened: Chicago opened a dominating 3-0 lead after the first period but the Coyotes scored a pair of goals in the middle stanza to cut the lead to 3-2. The fourth line put the game away in the third when Brandon Bollig notched his third of the season midway through the period to give Chicago a 4-2 lead. Marian Hossa added an empty netter to close out the scoring. Rookie goaltender Annti Raanta made 31 saves to earn his second victory in his second career NHL start.

What it means: Chicago has won six straight and closed out its seven-game, 12-day Circus Trip with a 6-1 record. The Blackhawks also improved its NHL-best record to 20-4-4.

Player of the game: Raanta made 31 saves in his second NHL start to earn the victory. The Finland native looked sharp and made the big save when called upon. One of the Coyotes goals was on the power play, as Raanta allowed just one goal at full strength.

Stat of the game: Chicago outscored Phoenix 2-0 in the final period. The Blackhawks entered Saturday with a +12, third-period goal differential ranking them second in the NHL.

Emptying the notebook: Duncan Keith had two assists giving him eight helpers in the last seven games.

With the win, Chicago improved to 5-0-1 in the second of back-to-back games. The Blackhawks will play back to backs 18 times this season, tied for third most in the NHL.

Patrick Kane returned to the scoresheet with a goal and an assist after seeing his career-high 12-game point-scoring streak end Friday night.

Roster notes: Sheldon Brookbank and Bryan Bickell were the Blackhawks scratches. Former Phoenix Coyote Michal Rozsival replaced Brookbank in the lineup.

What's next: The Blackhawks are off until Tuesday when they open a stretch of three out of four at home and host the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. at the United Center.