The Chicago Blackhawks routed the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 Tuesday night in a game that featured Arizona center Antoine Vermette’s return to Chicago, a team he helped win a Stanley Cup last season.
The sellout crowd of 21,994 gave Vermette a warm reception during a break in the first period, then was given a reason just a period later to regret the kindness. Vermette knocked Chicago center Artem Anisimov out of the game with a rough hit into the boards that resulted in a boarding penalty and game misconduct. Anisimov appeared woozy and did not return.
With backup Louis Dominque in goal for the Coyotes, the Blackhawks unleashed an onslaught and scored the game’s first five goals. Jonathan Toews and Richard Paniks scored in the first, Patrick Kane scored in the second, and Andrew Ladd scored two goals that period to make it 5-0. The goals by Kane and Ladd all occurred on the power play.
The Coyotes got goals from defenseman Connor Murphy and center Brad Richardson in the third period. Andrew Desjardins netted the sixth goal for Chicago.
Arizona falls to 35-38-7 and plays its penultimate game of the season on the road Thursday against the Nashville Predators.