Adam Burish received a little birthday gift from teammates when they covered his shoes in baby powder Tuesday morning.
A few hours later it was Burish who was doing the giving as his first goal of the season gave the Blackhawks an early spark in their 6-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in the first stop on a three-game trip.
The victory before a crowd of 14,651 at Jobing.com Arena was the Hawks' second consecutive and 12th in their last 15 games.
Burish, who turned 26 Tuesday, ignited a four-goal explosion in the first period when he opened the scoring. The forward later added two assists as he notched his first points of the season.
Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist and Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith each added two assists as the Hawks improved to 10-6-3 away from home and 22-8-7 overall.
"It's nice to get your first [goal], and then on your birthday it's kind of neat too," Burish said. "It was one of those nights where things were going well. Pucks were going in, pucks were finding open guys and it was a fun game to be a part of."
The Hawks managed six goals without leading scorer Patrick Kane, who missed his second consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain. Burish took Kane's spot in the lineup for the second game in a row after missing 16 with a broken toe.
"I feel bad about Kaner. I don't know how he's going to get his spot back right now," Burish said jokingly. "He'll have to fight me for it."
Burish started things off when he beat Phoenix goaltender Mikael Tellqvist from the bottom of the right circle to make it 1-0. Burish fired a wrist shot over Tellqvist's right shoulder and into the top left corner of the net.
The Hawks kept the pressure on when Kris Versteeg cleaned up a rebound of a Toews shot to make it 2-0. Burish then sent a backhand pass toward the goal that hit the skate of a hard-charging Colin Fraser and slid past Tellqvist. Ben Eager scored his career-high eighth of the season 1:22 later off a rebound of a Keith shot, and the rout was on.
"Especially with Kaner out you have to get everybody going and everybody in the game," Versteeg said. "It looked like everyone came and contributed. We were just keeping things simple and getting pucks to the net."
Hawks goaltender Cristobal Huet made 22 saves to record his second shutout of the season and 19th of his career.
"We came out pretty strong in the first with the big lead," said Huet, who improved to 10-6-3 on the season. "After that we just wanted to play our game and not make any mistakes. Eventually it paid off."
Toews scored the final two goals as the Hawks completed a 4-0 season sweep of the Coyotes, outscoring them 20-4 in the process. The sweep was the Hawks' first of the Coyotes franchise since 1988-89, when they were the Winnipeg Jets.
"We did a lot of good things, particularly with the great start we had," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I still thought we checked well the last two periods, and Huet made some key stops to preserve the shutout. I liked our game in all aspects."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun