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Blackhawks roll to opening wins

Chicago scores 11 goals in first two games, both road victories

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(Matt York)
The Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp (10) scores a goal on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith during the second period Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. A day after beating the Kings 5-2 in their season opener, the Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-4. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Dave Bolland had two goals and an assist, Marian Hossa scored twice against the team that knocked him out of last year’s playoffs, and the Chicago Blackhawks spoiled another celebration by holding off the Phoenix Coyotes 6-4 Sunday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Chicago ruined the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony Saturday with a flurry of goals, and did the same thing to the Coyotes after their Pacific Division banner unveiling.

Hossa had two goals and an assist against the Kings in his first game since being knocked out of last year’s playoffs on a blindside hit by Phoenix’s Raffi Torres.

Against the Coyotes, Hossa scored 50 seconds before Viktor Stalberg in the second period and again 14 seconds into the third.

On Saturday in Los Angeles, Hossa had two goals and an assist, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and Chicago crashed the Kings’ Stanley Cup championship celebration with a 5-2 victory.

Captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who jumped to a 3-0 lead on Michael Frolik’s goal less than 15 minutes in. With superior speed and skill, Chicago ruined the party shortly after the Kings raised their first championship banner to the Staples Center rafters.

Rob Scuderi and Jordan Nolan scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots for the Kings, who returned every player from the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the Stanley Cup.

Quick gave up five goals just once last season while making his first All-Star team, but he wasn’t much better than his teammates in his first game since winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s playoff MVP and getting a 10-year, $58 million contract extension. And in the first 22 minutes, the Kings gave up more goals than they yielded in any playoff game during their 16-4 run through the postseason.

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