Somewhere around the fifth time it was needed Sunday night, the horn signifying a Blackhawks goal produced more of a muted, low wail than a loud, sharp blast.
That's right. The Hawks scored so many times that they broke the horn in a 7-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in front of a crowd of 21,217 at the United Center.
Andrew Ladd had a goal and three assists, Ben Eager two goals, Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland a goal and an assist each and Martin Havlat and Colin Fraser two assists apiece to lead the onslaught.
The victory extended the Hawks' points streak to three games (2-0-1) and improved their overall record to 12-6-7 and 8-1-4 at home.
"Sometimes everything just goes right and pucks go into the net," Ladd said. "[This] was one of those nights. We came out with [intensity] in terms of the way we played, and it kind of carried over. We got a few bounces, and guys put the puck in the back of the net."
The Hawks scored four times in the first period against beleaguered Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Bolland started the rout when he blew a slap shot past Bryzgalov from the right circle midway through the period.
Toews made it 2-0 only 29 seconds later when he scored from in close off a pass from Havlat. It was the Hawks captain's fourth goal in the last three games.
Dustin Byfuglien made it 3-0 with just under three minutes remaining when he banged in a loose puck in the slot, and Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 16th goal with the Hawks on the power play off a cross-ice pass from Toews. Sharp has scored in four consecutive games.
The Hawks kept the goals coming with three more in the second, starting with Eager's first of the night. The winger scored from the bottom of the left circle on a rebound of a Craig Adams shot. Ladd tipped in a Havlat shot two minutes later for his second goal in two nights, and Eager added his second goal of the game with a wrist shot from the right circle to extend the lead to 7-0.
It was during that second-period burst that the Hawks announced the horn was operating at quarter-power with a compressor problem.
Enver Lisin ruined Cristobal Huet's shutout bid with a goal off a breakaway in the final seconds of the second period for Phoenix's only score. Huet made 20 saves to improve his record to 5-5-3.
"We were embarrassed the way we played," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "They beat us every which way."
The victory came a night after the Hawks played the Red Wings in Detroit in an emotional 5-4 shootout defeat.
"[Sunday night] could have gone one of two ways," Adams said. "You could have that emotional letdown from [the Wings game], or you can keep playing the same way that we did [Saturday] and we'd give ourselves a good chance to win.
"Luckily, we did that."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun